Healthy Food Access

Increase accessibility, affordability, and demand for healthy foods.

Learn about the co-benefits of Healthy Food Access below.


Workplace Wellness Initiatives

Create workplace wellness plans to increase workers’ opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity.

Early Care and Education Nutrition Policies

Adopt policies to improve the nutritional quality of meals, snacks, and beverages served in early care and education settings.

Government Benefits at Farmers' Markets

Increase access to farmers' markets and local producers for residents of lower-income neighborhoods through supplemental nutrition assistance programs and Electronic Benefit Transfer payments.

Healthy Food Standards in Hospitals

Adopt and enforce healthy food standards in hospital cafeterias, vending machines, and other places where food is served.

Healthy Food Standards in Public Places

Adopt and enforce healthy food standards in public facilities, such as government-owned buildings, libraries, parks and museums.

School Wellness Policies

Develop and enforce strong school wellness policies that limit access to unhealthy foods and promote healthy foods.


Healthy Food Access co-benefits include:

Economic: Standards that encourage local food buying can strengthen local food systems and increase consumer demand. Adoption of healthy food standards by hospitals or public institutions can also generate positive media coverage and attract consumers. Farmers markets and local producers can benefit from low-income payment mechanisms such as Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) payments.

Cost Savings: Healthy food standards policies improve employee health which may lead to lower turnover, fewer sick days, and higher productivity. Patients in hospitals with healthy food standards may have improved recovery and health, which decreases hospital time and readmission rates. Early care and education (ECE) providers who have implemented wellness policies may be eligible for financial support through the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families YoungStar rating system.

Education: Schools and ECE environments that implement strong wellness policies may see improved academic performance, better concentration and fewer behavioral problems when children are eating well and getting enough physical activity.

Health Benefits: In addition to reducing obesity, good nutrition and physical activity can also reduce the risks of the following health related problems:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Breast cancer
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Colon cancer
  • LDL or “bad” cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Heart attack and stroke