Zoning and Obesity Project

Partnership for the Public’s Health

180 Grand Ave. Suite 750
Oakland CA 94612
United States

Phone:
510.451.8600

http://www.healthyeatingactivecommunities.org/resources4_3.php

Sponsored by CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (www.cdc.gov/nceh/), this project examines how zoning laws can encourage the availability of nutritious food and limit the proliferation of food that can be harmful. Two documents released in October 2005, The City Planner’s Guide to the Obesity Epidemic: Zoning and Fast Food and The Use of Zoning to Restrict Fast Food Outlets: A Potential Strategy to Combat Obesity examine the supporting scientific evidence for zoning laws that address fast food outlets and the zoning laws that have been enacted by municipalities. The project seeks to educate planners, public health officials, and others that zoning law has the potential to be an effective tool for addressing obesity as a public health problem.

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