Policy and Environment 

Access to Healthy Foods Team

The Access to Healthy Foods Team (AHFT), provides technical assistance to communities, and undertakes projects that assist Arkansans in accessing healthy, affordable foods. The AHFT is a sub-unit of the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention (ArCOP). Current areas of focus include, – Farm to School, Healthy Places for Kids to Eat, breastfeeding, and selection and preparation of healthy, affordable foods. Previous workgroups have focused on Food deserts, menu labeling and breastfeeding. The Food Deserts Workgroup produced a presentation that it gives around the state to raise awareness of food deserts and how to overcome them by addressing the barriers to accessing healthy foods. The Menu Labeling Workgroup published an educational brochure on calorie labeling in anticipation of the initiation of the menu labeling section of the Affordable Care Act. The Breastfeeding Workgroup worked with the Arkansas Breastfeeding Coalition to pass Act 621, requiring a private place be set aside in the workplace for breast pumping. The AHFT also produced a Food Atlas that lists healthy food resources throughout the state, and trained Growing Healthy Communities on how to produce one for their communities. The team is also currently planning activities/events for the national celebration of Food Day (October 24).

Menu Labeling Brochure
Farmer's Market in Arkansas Brochure

Producing a Food Atlas Toolkit 

Click here to access our Food Atlas Toolkit. This is a step-by step guide on how communities can producea food atlas with resources available to citizens. Community Leaders will find information useful for evaluating the local food environment and identifying possible food deserts.

Healthy Meeting Pledge and Guidelines

The Arkansas Department of Health joined other organizations across the state and nation and took the Healthy Meetings Pledge. With this ADH pledged to implement the Healthy Meeting Guidelines to support healthy choices at work by offering nutritious food and beverage options, as well as relevant physical activity options.