Strategy: Communities should increase availability of healthier food and beverage choices in public service venues.

Limited availability of healthier food and beverage options can be a barrier to healthy eating and drinking. Healthier food and beverage choices include, but are not limited to, low energy dense foods and beverages with low sugar, fat, and sodium content. Schools are a key venue for increasing the availability of healthier foods and beverages for children. Other public service venues positioned to influence the availability of healthier foods include after-school programs, child care centers, community recreational facilities (e.g., parks, playgrounds, and swimming pools), city and county buildings, prisons, and juvenile detention centers. Improving the availability of healthier food and beverage choices (e.g., fruits, vegetables, and water) might increase the consumption of healthier foods.

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The 24 obesity reduction strategies being adapted were initially developed and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information, please review the CDC report, Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States. Reference: CDC. Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States. MMWR. 2009;58(RR-7).