The American Heart Association is working to create a world of longer, healthier lives through better nutrition for all. That’s why we’re encouraging innovative leaders across the foodscape to improve our food supply and provide healthier foods that taste good and are good — for our families, our communities and our planet.
Our first-ever Foodscape Innovation™ Awards are recognizing big ideas in accessibility, desirability, sustainability, affordability or nutritional quality of healthier foods. We want to reward efforts that will make a significant impact — the bigger, the better.
We know it will take bold action to improve the foodscape. A recent science advisory examined how food system innovation influences health. It called on stakeholders throughout the system to embrace a multi-level approach to develop a sustainable healthy food supply.
“In a healthy food system, the healthy choice would be the default choice,” said Cheryl A.M. Anderson, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S., the chair of the writing group for the advisory.
All people deserve access to affordable nutritious foods and help making healthier choices easier. There are profound injustices within our current food system — for example, 26 million people in the U.S. don’t have access to healthy foods. The American Heart Association believes not only food security, but nutrition security is a human right.
“There is a need for immediate action to promote, fund and evaluate healthful changes to the food system,” Anderson said. “Innovation at multiple levels is necessary to see improvements in the public’s health.”
A panel of expert judges scored the many innovative and inspiring entries. Now we need your help to name the Consumer Choice awardee from our top four finalists. Tell us which one you think will make a real difference — for our health, our communities or our planet. Voting is open now through Nov. 18.