Atlanta City Council approves legislation for healthy food options

 

Atlanta City Council Approves Legislation to Develop Healthy Food Procurement Policy

ATLANTA — The Atlanta City Council approved legislation on Monday introduced by District 10 Council member Andrea Boone to develop a healthy food procurement policy for City-owned locations (Legislative Reference No. 20-R-3968).

Boone said that ensuring healthy food options is an effective way to provide city residents with food choices that can help them achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

“By implementing a healthy food procurement policy, we can help to increase the availability of healthy foods for City employees and the general public, as well as increase the overall demand for more healthy products in our city,” Boone said. “We know that poor nutrition contributes to high rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic diseases. For most people, achieving a healthy diet requires having a supportive environment and it’s important that we provide that kind of environment for our employees and for visitors to public property.”

The resolution aims to set an example for businesses and institutions in Atlanta about how to improve nutritional options for their clients and employees. As part of the legislation, the City’s chief health officer would work with the City’s chief procurement officer to develop to a healthy food procurement policy based on nutrition standards derived from the latest scientific data and dietary guidance.

The Atlanta City Council is the chief policy-making body for the City of Atlanta. It acts by considering and enacting all laws that govern the City. The council also approves the operating and capital budgets for the City as recommended by the mayor, and it continually monitors revenues and expenditures for local government operations. The Atlanta City Council reviews and has final say on many land-use and zoning matters. Major economic development projects for the City also fall under the council’s consideration.

The Atlanta City Council is comprised of 12 districts and three at-large posts. Council representatives include: Council President: Felicia A. Moore; District 1: Carla Smith; District 2: Amir Farokhi; District 3: Antonio Brown; District 4: Cleta Winslow; District 5: Natalyn Mosby Archibong; District 6: Jennifer N. Ide; District 7: Howard Shook; District 8: J.P. Matzigkeit; District 9: Dustin Hillis; District 10: Andrea L. Boone; District 11: Marci Collier Overstreet; District 12: Joyce M. Sheperd; Post 1 At-Large: Michael Julian Bond; Post 2 At-Large: Matt Westmoreland; and Post 3 At-Large: Andre Dickens.

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