Tools and Resources

Statement of Support by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

"With 23 percent of Minnesota's children being overweight or obese, the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MN-AAP) supports efforts to improve the nutritional quality of food and beverages made available to children and their families in a variety of settings, including health care. Our patients and community look to our health care institutions as models of healing and wellness. We believe it is easier for providers to encourage better nutrition when these choices are being modeled by the local clinics and hospitals in which we serve. For that reason, we support the Commons Health Hospital Challenge, which encourages and recognizes hospitals that support the health of communities and individuals through reduced consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, improved breast feeding support and measurable commitments to the Minnesota agriculture economy through the procurement of local and sustainable food and beverages."


Minnesota Medical Association Resolution 205 (2012)

The MMA should support efforts to encourage Minnesota physicians to use “5‐2‐1‐0” as a guide to discuss healthy weight at every well visit. The numbers stand for five fruits and vegetables per day; two hours or fewer of computer or television time (no screen time for children under age 2); one hour of physical activity per day; and zero sugary beverages


S.C. medical group president wants sugary drinks out of hospitals (2013)

MN Hospitals in the News: We're collecting press releases, news coverage, articles, etc. featuring Minnesota hospitals who are making the news as they lead the nation in embracing these important initiatives.  Click here to see more.

Across the nation a wide variety of hospitals have worked to incorporate community prevention interests into policy and practice. The following are topic specific tools and resources:


Sugar Sweetened Beverages (SSB) Elimination



Baby Friendly Hospitals



Local Sustainable Food