Wisconsin Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity State Plan - Food System

Wisconsin's nutrition environments support and promote healthy eating and healthy weight. Nutrition environments, otherwise known as as the community food system, include food stores (grocery and convenience stores), restaurants, farmers markets, farm stands, gardens, community-supported agriculture (CSAs), and food pantries. Efforts to improve our nutrition environments in Wisconsin are important, as our eating habits are directly affected by the food environments that surround us. Since 2005, many efforts have been underway to expand current programs, create resources for improving access, and document the nutrition environments in Wisconsin communities.

Food System Strategies (PDF, 287 KB)

View the objectives and full list of strategies for implementation in the Community Food System setting.

Key Strategies Overview:

  1. Increase access to and affordability of fruits and vegetables.
  2. Increase access to and promotion of healthy foods in restaurants, food stores, and vending.
  3. Promote access to and consumption of healthful alternatives to sugar-sweetened beverages.
  4. Increase access to education and programs that support breastfeeding initiation, exclusivity, and duration.

 

Video Success Story

The Waupaca County NuAct Coalition has led the development of a community gardening project that engages community volunteers and donates 100% of its produce to food pantries.

Food System Resources: Ideas and materials to implement the key strategies.

Data

Fruit and vegetable consumption graph

 

Key Points: 

  • Less than one-fourth of Wisconsin adults eat the recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables.
  • Efforts to improve our nutrition environments in Wisconsin are important, as our eating habits are directly affected by the food environments that surround us.

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Last Revised: September 3, 2015