Looking Beyond Health Care to Improve the Health of All Americans

Commission Recommendations: Accessing Healthy Foods

Good nutrition is essential to good health. Yet, obstacles to eating healthy—unhealthy food environments, lack of resources to purchase nutritious food regularly and lack of healthy food options in the community—represent major challenges for some to choose and maintain healthy eating habits.

On Monday, August 10, 2009, 2 p.m.–3 p.m. ET, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America will host a webinar with Commission Co-Chair Mark McClellan, Commissioners Katherine Baicker and Jim Towey, and Staff Director David R. Williams on the importance of improving access to healthy foods in the places where we live, learn, work and play.

This webinar is the third in a three-part series hosted by the Commission to publicly discuss recommendations from the report released in April, Beyond Health Care: New Directions to a Healthier America. The third webinar is designed for those interested in creating healthy environments that enable individuals to maintain a healthy diet and who might be unfamiliar with the Commission and its recommendations in this area. The recommendations resulted from a year-long investigation into factors outside of the health care system that influence health and identify programs and policies from across sectors—and from across the nation—that are making a difference in the health of all Americans.