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Understanding Nutrition: A Primer on Programs and Policies in California (2nd Edition)

2011

Welcome to the updated edition of Understanding Nutrition: A Primer on Programs and Policies in California. Now an online resource, this primer—consisting of 21 modules—aims to orient policymakers, advocates, program directors, parents and students to the federal and state agencies, programs, and laws established to address nutrition-related issues. By offering a resource that allows leaders to educate themselves about this often intricate infrastructure, we hope this primer advances thoughtful discussion and public policy. 

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the role of government

statistical profiles

Public Nutrition and Food Assistance Programs in California

Key Issues

*These additional modules were released in 2012. Citations can be found at the end of the documents. 


Understanding Nutrition: A Primer on Programs and Policies in California (2nd edition) is one in a series of policy primers published by PHI's California Center for Research on Women and Families, and updates the original publication released in 2004. Understanding Nutrition provides a basic orientation to nutrition, food assistance, and physical activity programs, with a special focus on those serving low-income Californians. The primer also summarizes key public policies and provides statistical profiles. California Food Policy Advocates partnered with CCRWF to update the eight program modules in this revised primer. 

This material was produced with support from the California Department of Public Health’s Network for a Healthy California with funding from USDA SNAP, known in California as CalFresh (formerly Food Stamps). These institutions are equal opportunity providers and employers. CalFresh provides assistance to low-income households and can help buy nutritious foods for better health. For CalFresh information, call 1-877-847-3663. For important nutrition information, visit www.cachampionsforchange.net.

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Recommended Citation: Karpilow, K. A., Reed, D. F., Chamberlain, P.T., & Shimada, T. (October 2011). Understanding Nutrition: A Primer on Programs and Policies in California (2nd ed.). Sacramento, CA: California Center for Research on Women and Families, Public Health Institute.

Authors:

Kate Karpilow, Diane Reed, Patrice Chamberlain, Tia Shimada, Ken Hecht

Produced through PHI's:

California Center for Research on Women and Families