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New and Updated Strategies from What Works for Health

Our What Works for Health database has over 400 evidence-informed policies and programs to make a difference in your community. On December 21, 2020, our What Works for Health analysts updated the database and you can now find new studies, implementation examples, and resources for the twelve strategies below:

  • Electronic Benefit Transfer payment at farmers markets: Enable farmers markets to accept EBT, the electronic payment system of debit cards used to issue and redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits
  • Food buying clubs & co-ops: Offer opportunities for group purchase and distribution of selected grocery items, generally at a reduced price
  • Food hubs: support businesses or organizations that aggregate, distribute, and market local and regional food products (e.g., fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, dairy, grains, and prepared items).
  • Fruit & vegetable incentive programs: Offer participants with low incomes matching funds to purchase healthy foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables; often called bonus dollars, market bucks, produce coupons, or nutrition incentives
  • Healthy food in convenience stores: encourage convenience stores, corner stores, or gas station markets to carry fresh produce and other healthier food options.
  • Healthy food initiatives in food pantries: Combine hunger relief efforts with nutrition information and healthy eating opportunities, often with on-site cooking demonstrations, recipe tastings, produce display stands, etc.
  • Healthy school lunch initiatives: Modify the school lunch food environment by prominently displaying, marketing, and increasing the convenience of healthy foods and providing healthy options
  • Mobile produce markets: Support fresh food carts or vehicles that travel to neighborhoods on a set schedule to sell fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Nutrition prescriptions: Provide prescriptions with healthy eating goals for patients and families, often accompanied by progress checks at office visits; can include partnerships with local farmers markets via FVRx programs
  • Places for physical activity: Modify local environments to support physical activity, increase access to new or existing facilities for physical activity, or build new facilities
  • School fruit & vegetable gardens: Establish designated areas where students can garden with guidance, often with nutrition and food preparation lessons and opportunities for taste tasting and hands-on learning
  • WIC & Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs: Support Farmers’ Market Nutrition Programs, which provide WIC and Senior Nutrition Program participants with coupons for fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables

Make sure to check out these policies and programs that work!

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