EverThrive IL updates its organizational policy agenda annually. The Health Reform Initiative also has a specific policy agenda, highlighting policy priorities for our field.
2017 Healthy Lifestyles Policy Priorities
The Healthy Lifestyles Initiative works to ensure that accessible, affordable, quality, and nutritious food is part of the solution to healthier individuals and communities. We strive to end hunger by addressing food insecurity and access, while supporting individuals and communities in their goals to improve their health. Our mission is realized through our work doing outreach, education and advocacy to build awareness around issues related to food insecurity and hunger.
Priority 1: Support policies which increase access to nutrition education programs for children and families, including the Cooking Matters program.
- Advocate for the inclusion and reimbursement of nutrition education programs, such as Cooking Matters, in Illinois Medicaid Managed Care.
- Support public health policy approaches aimed at reducing the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, including taxing these beverages as proposed in the Illinois Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) policy proposal.
- Develop partnerships and consider pilot programs with safety-net providers, such as Cook County Health and Hospital System, to incorporate nutrition education programs, including Cooking Matters, in the service delivery system.
Priority 2: Support policies that improve food security, access, quality, and affordability at the state and federal level.
- Advocate for and protect federal and state policies including the reauthorization of WIC, SNAP, CNR and other nutrition programs.
- Support policies that increase access to school breakfast, school lunch, after school and summer meal programs.
- Co-chair the Nourishing Minds Workgroup of the Cook County Food Access Task Force to increase access to and participation in child nutrition programs such as summer meals and school breakfast.
- Participate and support the No Kid Hungry Workgroup of the Illinois Commission to End Hunger.
Priority 3: Engage legislators and other local elected officials to advocate for positive health and nutrition policies.
- Bring awareness to food insecurity issues through activities such as Cooking Matters at the Store Tours and Cooking Matters Classes.
- Solicit and incorporate Cooking Matters program participants' input and feedback regarding food safety-net programs, including WIC and SNAP, to inform and shape current and future policy advocacy efforts.