Wisconsin's nutrition environments support and promote healthy eating and healthy weight. Nutrition environments, otherwise known as as the community food system, includes 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 an individual's eating habits are directly impacted by the food environments that surround them. 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:
- Increase access to and affordability of fruits and vegetables.
- Increase access to and promotion of healthy foods in restaurants, foods stores, and vending.
- Promote access to and consumption of healthful alternatives to sugar sweetened beverages.
- Increase access to education and programs that support breastfeeding initiation, exclusivity, and duration.
Video Success Story (exit DHS)
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.
Select Food System Resources for ideas and materials to implement the key strategies.
- Placeholder for Got Access? Publication (should be ready for online posting in late February)
- CDC Guide to Fruit and Vegetable Strategies to Increase Access, Availability, and Consumption (PDF, 394 KB)
- Got Dirt? Garden Toolkit (PDF, 2.7 MB)
- Wisconsin Local Food Marketing Guide (PDF, 4.64 MB)
- State and Local Food Policy Councils Resources
- Healthy Corner Store Initiative
- Less than 1/4 of Wisconsin adults eat the recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables.
- Efforts to improve our nutrition environments in Wisconsin are important, as an individuals eating habits are directly impacted by the food environments that surround them.