Health is inextricably linked to the people and institutions that shape our everyday lives—from the schools our children attend, to the government departments that manage the streets we use, to the businesses that shape the advertising that surrounds us. And policy is the best tool we have to empower people by making the healthy choice the easy choice. Seat-belt laws, food labeling, smoke-free spaces, bans on trans fat, and clean air regulations are just a few of the policy areas that can help to make our daily lives more healthful when they are implemented and enforced. Strong policies and individual choices reinforce one another to create social norms that in turn support better laws and choices. We’ve seen this during the COVID-19 pandemic: policies on mask-wearing and physical distancing have made these protective behaviors routine.
Our Food Policy team, in its continuing effort to support healthy food policies and prevent obesity, just launched a new policy guide, “What’s in our Food? A guide to introducing front-of-package nutrient labels.” Front-of-package labeling is a cost-effective, high-impact strategy that empowers consumers with effective, evidence-based front-of-package nutrient labels that identify the unhealthiest foods—those high in sugar, salt and fat—so they can make better food choices and live longer, healthier lives.
—José Luis Castro
President and CEO, Vital Strategies
We’ve curated some of our policy-related videos, statements, reports and blogs.
What To Watch
Our recent VitalTalks, held in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, was a virtual discussion on the pressing need for more effective global food policies to combat food insecurity and promote access to safe and nutritious food.
To Tobacco Companies Black Lives Don’t Matter (Op-Ed for The Hill by Sandra Mullin, Senior Vice President for Policy, Advocacy and Communication, and Mary T. Bassett)