senate Bill S4644

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Enacts the healthy food service guidelines for New York act of 2021

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Procurement And Contracts Committee

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Feb 08, 2021 referred to procurement and contracts


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S4644 (ACTIVE) - Details

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Current Committee:
Senate Procurement And Contracts
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 2 Title 8 §§269 - 269-b, Pub Health L

S4644 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the healthy food service guidelines for New York act of 2021, directing the department of health to develop state food standards for foods purchased, served, sold, and promoted by state agencies, programs, and institutions and on state property.

S4644 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4644 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                             I N  S E N A T E
                             February 8, 2021
 Introduced  by  Sen.  BIAGGI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Procurement and Contracts
 AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to enacting the heal-
   thy food service guidelines for New York act of 2021
   Section  1.  This  act shall be known and may be cited as the "healthy
 food service guidelines for New York act of 2021".
   § 2. Legislative findings and intent. The Senate and Assembly  of  the
 State of New York finds as follows:
   1.  A healthy diet, consistent with the most recent Dietary Guidelines
 for Americans (DGA), can reduce the risk of many chronic diseases,  such
 as  obesity,  cardiovascular  disease,  diabetes, osteoporosis, and some
 cancers. Poor nutrition,  on  the  other  hand,  can  negatively  affect
 growth,  development,  and  health status. The New York State Prevention
 Agenda 2019-2024 established a goal of increasing access to healthy  and
 affordable foods and beverages to support the overarching goal of reduc-
 ing obesity and the risk of chronic disease.
   2.  The  typical diet of Americans is not consistent with the DGA, and
 unhealthy eating behaviors are too common among New Yorkers. It is espe-
 cially challenging for people of low  socioeconomic  status,  people  of
 color,  and  people with disabilities to access healthy food.  According
 to the Prevention Agenda Toward the  Healthiest  State  Progress  Report
   (a)  37.4% of adults in NYS consume fruit less than once per day.  The
 prevalence is highest for adults who are Black or  Hispanic  (39.8%  and
 39.3%,  respectively),  live in households that earn less than $25,000 a
 year (40.4% and 43.7%), have less than a high school education  (42.1%),
 or are living with disability (41.7%).
   (b)  22.4% of adults in NYS consume vegetables less than once per day.
 The prevalence is highest for adults who are non-Hispanic Black (29.3%),

  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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