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Individual food choice, genetics and the food environment all affect community and individual health. Nutrition policies and practices put healthy food and beverage options in reach for everyone.

Healthy foods within the environments where we live, work, learn and play can help manage and prevent nutrition related chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Nutrition Standards

Nutrition standards may be applied to anywhere food is sold, served or consumed. Standards depend on the size, culture, nature, and management structure of an institution and the individuals affected. Implementing standards has the potential to improve the food environment, impact long-term population health and benefit the food system.

Access to Affordable, Healthy Foods

Oregon continues to be one of the most food insecure states in the nation. Healthy retail environments, food assistance programs and school nutrition programs can help fight hunger and increase access to affordable, healthy foods.


Breastfeeding has health benefits for both mother and baby. Policies and systems that support breastfeeding can benefit infant nutrition, increase immunity to disease and help reduce obesity.

Healthy Worksites

By building a culture of wellness, employers can prevent costly disease, boost employee health and productivity, and improve the bottom line.

Find resources and model policies for employers and employees at Healthy Worksites.