367. Analyzing the Food Environment: Implications for Future Practice

Sunday, October 27
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 201-ABC
CE: 1.5
Level 3 – Advanced
Activity Code: 149424

With a growing world population, food systems are under pressure to deliver secure access to safe, affordable and high-quality diets to improve population health and nutrition worldwide. Food environments—the overall presence of food and proximity to systems of food access—play a complex role in improving nutrition outcomes. This session will analyze the impact of influencing the food environment and the resulting implications for future practice. A series of case examples are presented, including the Minneapolis Staple Foods Ordinance, as well as multiple food source-centered intervention trials. The presentation will critically appraise evidence and will provide actions affecting dynamics of food environments through systems’ thinking, gap analysis, and public and community health approaches. Dietetics professionals are challenged to apply the evidence in preparation and readiness to effectively influence policies and actions that would enhance food environments, produce healthier populations, and invigorate economies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Cite current evidence in providing recommendations for future actions that affect dynamics of food environments at local and global levels.
  • Outline the values and limitations of current food environment interventions on influencing nutrition outcomes.
  • Analyze gaps in capacity, research, and practice, and inspire action from lessons learned at local and global levels.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 4010 Community intervention, monitoring, and evaluation
  • 8018 Environmental, agricultural, and technologic influences on food systems
  • 1080 Legislation, public policy

Performance Indicator:

  • 11.1.4 Interprets and advises on food manufacturing standards, regulatory requirements, policies and national dietary guidelines to inform others and to support product development.
  • 12.1.4 Influences legislation, regulation, and policy changes to impact nutrition in the community.
  • 7.2.5 Develops, implements and adheres to policies and procedures to optimize food and water safety.


  • Janelle Peralez Gunn, MPH, RD

    Associate Director, Policy, Partnerships, and Communications

    Center for Disease Control, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity

  • Speaker(s)

  • Melissa Laska, PhD, RD


    University of Minnesota

  • Joel Gittelsohn, PhD, MS


    Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health