Why healthy food and its local production should be part of the Covid-19 response

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When a pandemic hits, questions that immediately arise include what impact there will be on public health, the economy and other aspects of society. Another set of questions involves response priorities for governments and households.

Fruit and vegetables at a market in Kenya. The WHO is pushing for consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, fish and unsaturated fats. Shutterstock

Food is central to both sets of questions. On the one hand, access to sufficient, nutritious food is threatened. On the other, focusing on food offers promising pandemic response options.

Reports from various countries highlight concerns about the

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WHO urges governments to promote healthy food in public facilities | Features Local

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Public settings, such as schools, childcare centres, nursing homes, hospitals and correctional facilities and all other canteens of public institutions, can play a key role in ensuring people are provided with healthy food and helping prevent the eight million annual deaths currently caused by unhealthy diets.

A new WHO Action framework for developing and implementing public food procurement and service policies for a healthy diet aims to increase the availability of healthy food through setting nutrition criteria for food served and sold in public settings. The action framework also aims to reduce preventable diseases and deaths from high consumption of

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Post food facilities awarded for healthy eating options | Local News

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A local group of health experts recently conducted their annual assessment of food restaurants and facilities at Fort Knox with a new outcome in mind.

Picked by Army Pub­lic Health Command to beta test a new way of assessing overall physical health, the team, called the Nutrition Envir­on­ment Workgroup, conducted surveys of several food facilities around Fort Knox based on categories and their availability of healthy options.

“The Army is undergoing an initiative, called ‘Healthy Army Communities,’ with the goal of trying to improve the health of the community that we live in,” said Laura Bottoms, chief of Nutrition Services,

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