National, state, and community policies, laws and ordinances impact New Jersey residents' daily lives, including their health. Many of these legislative topics are designed to give New Jerseyans the best possible access to healthful foods and places to be physically active. For example:
- Federal regulations and standards for school meals steer the food choices - and the nutritional content of those foods - that children are offered in schools.
- A statewide school wellness policy creates minimum standards for all school districts to create healthy, active learning environments in schools.
- State-level policies and incentives that encourage municipalities and builders to add sidewalks and bike lanes result in more walking and biking in communities.
- Municipal zoning ordinances impact where grocery stores, farmer's markets and other food vendors may be established in communities.