Nutrition  

The Nutrition Section provides technical assistance, education, resources and educational materials in the area of nutrition to other health professionals, organizations, programs and the general public. The Nutrition Section promotes fruit and vegetable consumption by coordinating the Fruits & Veggies—More MattersTM initiative, as well as programs such as Pick a Better Snack and the Healthy Arkansas Restaurant Award. Staff provides leadership on food and nutrition policy, programs and services by serving on various health-related committees, councils and coalitions. The section is responsible for meeting the nutrition-related objectives of the agency’s Nutrition and Physical Activity to Prevent Obesity and Chronic Disease Cooperative Agreement (a.k.a. Obesity Grant) with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), particularly the grant target areas of increasing fruit and vegetable consumption and breastfeeding, and decreased consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and high-energy foods.