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The legislation database tracks state and federal policies related to obesity and diet-related diseases in issue areas including access to healthy food, breastfeeding, farms and gardens, school nutrition and physical activity, food assistance programs, marketing/advertising to children, menu and package labeling, and food and beverage taxes.

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Last updated on April 4, 2018.

The Healthy Food Policy Project, launched November 14, 2017, identifies and elevates local laws that seek to promote access to healthy food, and also contribute to strong local economies, an improved environment, and health equity, with a focus on socially disadvantaged and marginalized groups. HFPP is a four-year collaboration of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) at Vermont Law School, the Public Health Law Center (PHLC) at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, and the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut. The project is funded by the National Agricultural Library, Agricultural Research Service, and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Local laws promoting access to healthy food are available on HFPP's website.

*Please note: Breastfeeding bills are no longer tracked as of December 31, 2017.

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Access to Healthy Food
BMI Screening, Children
Built Environment
Councils and Task Forces
Farms and Gardens
Food Assistance Programs
Food Donations
Healthy Restaurant Meals
Healthy Vending
Lawsuits/Personal Responsibility
Marketing/Advertising to Children
Menu and Package Labeling
Obesity, General
Physical Activity, General
Preschool Nutrition
Restrictions on Food and Beverage Sales
Sales and Other Taxes
School Junk Foods
School, Nutrition
School, Other Initiatives
School, Physical Activity
Sugar-Sweetened Beverages/Taxes
Trans Fats
Water Access in Schools
Weight Bias

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Federal (FD): HR = House of Representatives Bill, SB = Senate Bill
State: HB = House Bill, SB = Senate Bill , AB = Assembly Bill