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Albany, N.Y., Code § 34-2 (current through May 15, 2017)
Brief Summary
Directs the Mayor's Office to develop and adopt a "Healthy Meetings and Special Events Policy," which will include healthy meeting guidelines so that when food is provided at activities and special events supported by or sponsored by the City, healthy food and beverage options must be included. The policy also will encourage physical activity, greener options, and support of local products. Requires all events, conferences, and meetings, including departmental meetings, to adhere to the Guidelines, and states that the City is joining the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity Healthy Meeting Pledge, and encourages other City-related agencies to adopt healthy meeting guidelines.
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Requires something, sets standards.
Provides education, promotes awareness, or provides information.
Reach
Limited scope. This policy only applies to meetings, conferences, and events sponsored by the City.
Food System Category: Get
State: New York
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Albany
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. Refers to providing "healthy food and beverage options when food is served" at meetings and conferences, and encouraging physical activity. Sec. 34-2 (B).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Yes. Refers to "greener options, and support of local products." Sec. 34-2(B).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Yes. Refers to "support of local products." Sec. 34-2(B).
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. Refers to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans' statement that "Americans consume too much sodium, added sugars, refined grains, and solid fats and not enough fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Studies show a strong relationship between the physical and social environments of the workplace and the health behaviors of employees, and nearly half of many people's waking hours are spent at work, and many of those hours are spent in meetings and conferences." Also notes that the food and beverages typically available at conferences and meetings aren't healthy, and that these events often involve a lot of sitting and not much physical activity. Section 34-2 (A).
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Unclear. States as follows: "The City of Albany has the ability to model healthy eating and help to change social norms around meeting practices, and it is consistent with the goals of the City to support people's ability to eat well while at work events." Sec. 34-2(A).
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. "The Mayor's Office will develop and adopt a Healthy Meetings and Special Events Policy, which will include healthy meeting guidelines." Sec. 34-2(B).
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
No.
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
Part of Chapter 34, Meetings; Section 34-2, Healthy Meetings. History: Added 2-19-2015 by L.L. No. 2-201.