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Healthy Food Procurement in the County of Los Angeles

Intent of the Intervention

In 2011, the County of Los Angeles ("County") Board of Supervisors adopted Healthy Food Promotion in Los Angeles County Food Service Contracts, a motion aimed at County departmental food procurement policies and practices as they relate to nutrition. The motion established a process for the County's Department of Public Health to develop nutrition standards and/or healthy food procurement practices in new and renewing Requests for Proposals (RFP) for food service and vending contracts across County departments. Since the proposed motion was adopted as a policy by vote, the Center TRT is disseminating it as a practice-tested institutional policy.

The institutional policy addresses multiple levels of the socio-ecologic model. The primary focus is on the organizational level as all County departments are required, to the extent feasible, to incorporate nutrition recommendations and food service requirements into their RFPs for new and renewing food service and vending contracts. Additionally, the policy changes the food procurement system to influence individual choice by increasing access to healthier foods and beverages through modifications on menus and in the food environment.