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Tennessee Update for October 2012

by on Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hello Tenessee Advocates,

Here's the latest update from Rick Casebeer, our Government Relations Director, about the work going on across your state.

Healthy Vending in Memphis

On September 18, a conference call took place to discuss the Healthy Vending initiative in Shelby County/Memphis.  The initiative is being undertaken by the Shelby County Department of Health and Healthy Memphis Common Table.  We had a very good discussion with Dr. Robinson and others on the call with him updating us on the effort and with us offering any assistance that we can offer as an organization going forward.  We left the dialog open for future discussion as we described that our (AHA’s) vending standards are still being developed and are awaiting scientific outcomes.  

If you're interested in healthy vending, check out some of the stories that have been published on this topic:

Advocacy Sub-Committee Conference Call

During the advocacy subcommittee conference call on September 24, 2012.  The committee agreed that the following policy priorities would be the focus of the efforts going into the upcoming Tennessee General Assembly, which begins January 8, 2013.

  • Food Deserts/Access to Fresh Foods
  • Procurement/Healthy Vending
  • Support of Coordinated School Health Program Funding

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