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Healthy Jacksonville Food Policy Council Hosts Duval County Food Summit

Team ruckus. is fortunate to work with many great clients including Healthy Jacksonville, a program of the Duval County Health Department dedicated to engaging citizens and healthcare professionals to improve the health of Duval County residents.

For the past two years, the Food Policy subcommittee of the Healthy Jacksonville Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition has been working to address food access and improve the overall health of residents in Jacksonville. As a result of the subcommittee’s work, the Healthy Jacksonville Food Policy Council (HJFPC) was formed in 2011 to unify these efforts, deepen the Council’s impact and provide a platform to advocate for change in our community.

The first order of business for the Council was to host the inaugural Duval County Food Summit: A Balancing Act: Access to Fresh, Healthy Food For All. The Summit was a public conversation to explore Jacksonville’s food culture and its impact on access to safe and healthy foods for all members of our community. Team ruckus. was thrilled to be selected as the social marketing partner for the Summit. The team was charged with creating the brand and developing the communications strategy for the event.

Over the course of the two-day event held in late April, nearly 200 people representing a diverse cross-section of the community heard from local and national thought leaders on a variety of topics including health promotion, nutrition, urban agriculture and advocacy.

We are excited to be part of this movement to make fresh, healthy food accessible for all members of our community. And, it’s not too late for you to get involved! The Healthy Jacksonville Food Policy Council will reconvene in the coming weeks to review the notes from the Summit and discuss next steps for the Council. E-mail Healthyjax@doh.state.fl.us to be notified about upcoming meetings; we’d love to see you there!

Photo: Keynote presenter Captain Joseph McQuade, MD, MS, USN, Naval Hospital Jacksonville, discusses the impact chronic conditions have on military readiness.

 

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