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Licensing for Lettuce: A Guide to the Model Licensing Ordinance for Healthy Food


A number of cities have established programs to encourage food retailers, especially corner stores, to stock healthier products. To build on and strengthen efforts like these, ChangeLab Solutions has developed a Model Licensing Ordinance for Healthy Food Retailers.
The ordinance changes business licensing policies to require all food stores (not including restaurants) to carry a minimum selection of healthy food and meet other basic operating standards. This document describes how the ordinance works and provides tips on how to implement it successfully in your community.

Primary Toolkit:

Chronic Disease Prevention Toolkit

Secondary Toolkits:

CDC Winnable Battles

Keyword Area:

Chronic Disease, Corner Stores, Healthy Food Access


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