Prevention Institute Conference Develops Plan for Healthy Eating, Physical Activity in Low-Income Communities

Analysis of and working meeting on community programs that promote access to healthy food and safe, active environments

Prevention Institute in Oakland, Calif., convened 19 academics, community advocates, policy-makers and representatives of foundations to identify and assess strategies to improve access to healthy foods and safe places for physical activity in low-income neighborhoods. They met for a day and a half in January 2006 in San Francisco.

Key Results

  • Prevention Institute created a report from the meeting entitled Creating Neighborhood Environments That Support Healthy Eating & Physical Activity: Strategies For Change. The report is a guide to investments and projects in low-income neighborhoods.

    It presents 15 strategies to improve access to healthy foods and safe places for physical activity in low-income neighborhoods, including six priority strategies.

    Priority strategies for physical activity:

    • Promote an atmosphere of safety.
    • Design streets to support pedestrians and bicyclists.
    • Maintain and develop programming and facilities, particularly parks, for active play and recreation.


    Priority strategies for nutrition:

    • Support an increase in the number of supermarkets and full-service grocery stores.
    • Enhance small neighborhood stores.
    • Support an increase in the number of farmers' markets.

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