Policy Agenda 2013
Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity stakeholders prioritized seven short-term goals to move Illinois closer to the following Roadmap objectives:
- Mobilize, educate and advocate with community residents, leaders and policy-makers to reduce access to and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.
- Support Illinois schools in implementing new USDA rules that strengthen nutrition standards for competitive foods in schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program.
- Advocate for the Illinois State Board of Education to capture information that can be used to monitor compliance with Illinois’ daily P.E. instructional requirement – either through the new Illinois school report card, or another mechanism.
- Advocate for maintaining Illinois’ existing daily PE instructional requirement.
- Advocate for strengthened childcare licensing standards that promote a program of age- and developmentally-appropriate physical activity and nutrition for children cared for in licensed childcare facilities.
- Encourage Illinois Department of Transportation to create a regular, annual program of funding to administer 100% of MAP-21 “Transportation Alternatives” funding in support of healthy, active transportation modes.
- Advocate for Medicaid coverage and reimbursement by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services for early intervention treatment in primary care for pediatric overweight and obesity.
- Advocate to expand access to shared-use kitchens – ideally located in proximity of a food hub – to provide access to commercial equipment required for scaling food processing and promoting value-added foods developed by farmers and entrepreneurs
- Share information about the recent release of proposed rules for the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and encourage stakeholders to submit comments prior to the newly extended deadline of September 16, 2013.
- Develop a process for ensuring local food systems research ideas and needs get in the hands of researchers, college faculty and practitioners across the state.