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Policy 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.

Background Information

State New York
Jurisdiction Name Albany
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 50,000-200,000
Legal Strategies
  • 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;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
No

Health-related goal?
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).

Environmental goal?
Yes

Refers to "greener options, and support of local products." Sec. 34-2(B).

Economic goal?
Yes

Refers to "support of local products." Sec. 34-2(B).

Includes findings?
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).

Has a stated intent or purpose?
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).

Includes definitions?
No

Addresses implementation?
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).

Enforcement provisions?
No

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra 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.