UMass Worcester PRC Presentations

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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Clinical and Population Health Research Program; Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine; UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center

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Behavioral Medicine | Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition | Health Policy | Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Preventive Medicine | Public Health Education and Promotion


Introduction: Evidence-based healthy eating (HE) policies can increase opportunities to engage in a healthy diet. The adoption of evidence-based policies into practice is limited and no study reports the status of HE policies nationally. Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIPs) strategically address health priorities, steer evidence-based strategy selection and implementation, and require collaboration. Local health departments (LHDs) are often key stakeholders. We aimed to determine the proportion of LHDs with a CHIP having evidence-based HE policies.

Methods:A national probability survey of US LHDs serving populations of

Results: 44.1% (95%CI: 34.7-54.0%) of US LHDs with a CHIP reported at least one evidence-based HE policy. The proportion of specific HE policies ranged from 28.9% for school district nutrition/procurement/vending policies to 1.3% for sugar-sweetened beverage tax.

Conclusions: Increased implementation of evidence-based HE policy approaches are needed within communities.


Evidence-based healthy eating policies, diet, Community Health Improvement Plans, local health departments

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2018 UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Community Engagement and Research Symposium

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2018 UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Community Engagement and Research Symposium



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