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Priority Area: Healthy Foods

Healthy Foods

 The nutrition of all children and seniors in York County is improved through healthy food and improved eating habits.

Promote improved childhood nutrition for health, learning, and school success:
Children with access to healthy nutritious foods perform better on tests, are more focused in class, behave better, are absent less, and have higher self-esteem. Their overall cognitive performance is improved as demonstrated through their levels of alertness, attention, memory and problem-solving skills.

Many children are consuming diets high in calories but low in nutrients, which can leave them overweight and undernourished. Childhood obesity is at an all-time high, making early intervention on adopting healthy patterns of nutrition and physical activity behaviors a priority.

Promote improved nutrition for seniors to maintain health and independence:
Seniors with access to healthy nutritious foods are more likely to live longer, healthier lives.

Food insecure seniors have lower nutrient intakes and are more likely to suffer from a wide array of health outcomes.

Access to food for seniors can be difficult due to a lack of transportation, income limitation, functional or cognitive limitation, or health problems.

Develop an advocacy strategy focused on hunger prevention:
Provide clear and informed messages to key stakeholders and community members to support the efforts around hunger prevention to generate positive outcomes for individuals, families, and the community as a whole.