ChangeLab Solutions asserts that “retail environments affect community health.”
“In many places, people lack access to fruits and vegetables, but can find tobacco, non-nutritious foods and beverages, and alcohol all too easily. Perhaps not surprisingly, tobacco use, poor nutrition, and excessive alcohol use are among the leading causes of chronic and deadly disease.” So changing the retail environment can change health outcomes. Stores that make the healthy choice the easy choice—by reducing tobacco marketing, stocking nutritious items, and not selling alcohol near schools, for instance—can actually improve health.
Government agencies already work with stores to make these healthy changes, but they often don’t work together. They can use ChangeLab Solutions’ new resources and library to collaborate and create a healthy retail environment.
ChangeLab Solutions creates healthier communities for all through better laws and policies. Their solutions address all aspects of a just, vital and thriving community, like food, housing, child care, schools, transportation, public safety, jobs, and the environment. Find out more from their website.