In collaboration with Healthy CUNY, a university-wide initiative that seeks to ensure that all CUNY students can reach their full health and academic potential, Institute staff have recently published an article in the Annual Review of Public Health on borrowing lessons from effective tobacco countermarketing efforts to combat unhealthy food and alcohol marketing to prevent noncommunicable disease.
In response to the rapidly changing political landscape and building on the success of the Healthy Food Access Portal, PolicyLink, Reinvestment Fund, and the Food Trust have introduced a new Healthy Food Access Policy Network. The Network will serve as a central space to engage advocates through monthly newsletters. Members can:
On April 18, 2017 Bronx community health leaders launched the Bronx Healthy Beverage Zone (HBZ). HBZ is a borough-wide movement that promotes healthy beverages among individuals who work, live, and visit the Bronx. Union Community Health Center and Bronx Health REACH, along with other partners of #Not62 – The Campaign for A Healthy Bronx, created this initiative to encourage organizations and institutions to take the HBZ Pledge and become role models for their community by restricting consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and increasing water intake.
The New York City Council Committee on Education held a hearing on the preliminary education budget on March 21, 2017. Advocates representing citywide nonprofit organizations, parents, physicians, academics, school governing bodies and other stakeholders delivered testimony in support of expanding free school meals to all New York City public schools. As members of the Lunch for Learning campaign for universal free meals in all New York City Public Schools, it was the youth voices who stood out the most, passionately articulating the urgency of the need to eliminate the tiered payment system currently utilized by a majority of public schools.
On March 1, 2017, Food Bank of New York City mobilized over forty representatives from emergency food relief organizations to the State Capitol for a Statewide Anti-hunger Advocacy Day. The main goal of this event was to connect with State Legislators to request an increased investment in the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP). Evelyn Vela represented New York Common Pantry and shares her experience at the State Capitol.