Sodium Reduction

California

State Stories: Sodium Reduction and Healthy Procurement Efforts

California Includes Healthy Procurement in Governor Led Task Force on Obesity

Early in its existence the California Health in All Policies (HiAP) Task Force identified advancing the state's healthy food procurement as one of its priority recommendations to improve health among state residents. The task force, the first of its kind in the United States, was established in 2010 by Governor Schwarzenegger's Executive Order S-04-10 to enhance collaboration between state agencies and is facilitated by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). It is comprised of representatives from 19 diverse state agencies including those that address housing, transportation, education, workforce development, parks, and planning. Based on public input, the task force developed a report with more than 30 recommendations for policies, programs, and strategies that can improve health and meet other agencies' goals on key issues. The task force then prioritized 11 recommendations for near-term implementation, one of which is to advance the state's healthy food procurement. To implement this recommendation the task force assessed state agencies' food environments and developed a report summarizing current state procurement policies and practices, including an outline of state procurement policy preferences with regards to agency food purchasing. A statewide food procurement group was established and convened an initial meeting in January 2013 to develop nutrition and sustainability standards to be used for procurement. Additionally, CDPH will lead a pilot project with the Department of Healthcare Services using procurement standards, healthy meeting guidelines, and an employee community supported agriculture (CSA) program.