Interest in local foods and sustainable agriculture is growing rapidly across the country. President Obama and the First Lady have developed new initiatives focused on healthy eating and obesity prevention through activities like the White House Garden. Activity in North Carolina is no exception to this trend. Research at UNC and at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention is addressing local foods issues and their connection to public health outcomes.
Experts from HPDP are called upon regularly to serve on key national, state and regional committees and taskforces. For example, Dr. Alice Ammerman, Center Director and professor of Nutrition, was appointed to serve on the North Carolina Sustainable Local Food Advisory Council. Dr. Ammerman leads collaborative initiatives across the country working with academic and public health researchers to address policy barriers and opportunities to helping people access more fresh fruits and vegetables.
Researchers at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention continue to support community-based organizations working on sustainable food systems. For example, HPDP provides consultation and internship management to the Carrboro Farmers Market as well as other direct market venues. In addition, marketing experts consult to farmers and farm-based businesses on developing viable marketing plans.