Nutrition

CSPI’s work transforms the food environment in schools, restaurants, grocery stores, and public places and improves the way America eats.

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Unhealthy eating and physical inactivity are leading causes of death in the U.S. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, unhealthy eating and inactivity cause 678,000 deaths every year. CSPI pushes for policies that make it easier to eat well, be physically active, and maintain a healthy weight.

Dietary guidelines 

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans contains the federal government’s basic nutrition advice for its citizens and forms the basis for much federal, state, and local nutrition policies.  Read more.


Food labeling 

Food labels play an important role in the battle against obesity and diet-related disease.  Nutrition Facts labels should be updated, ingredient lists made more readable, and deceptive health claims and other practices should be stopped.  Read more.


Healthy meetings

Studies show a strong relationship between the physical and social environments of the workplace and the health behaviors of employees. Nearly half of our waking hours are spent at work, and many of those hours are spent in meetings and conferences. By adopting healthy meeting guidelines, your organization can help to create an environment that supports employees’ and members’ efforts to eat well and be physically active. Read more.


Healthy public places 

Improving the nutritional quality of foods and beverages in worksites and public places is a low-cost public health strategy that can help to change social norms and create healthier food and beverage environments.  Read more.


Menu labeling 

CSPI led the effort to place calorie counts on chain restaurant menus, starting with state and local laws and culminating with the passage the Affordable Care Act.  The FDA is developing final regulations for calorie labeling for standard menu items at chain food service establishments. Read more.


Marketing to kids 

Food marketing influences what children eat, and food companies spend $2 billion marketing foods that are mostly high in sugars, saturated fat, and salt.  CSPI leads the Food Marketing Workgroup that is dedicated to eliminating harmful food marketing.


Salt

Salt is perhaps the deadliest ingredient in our food supply, causing high blood pressure, heart attacks, stroke, kidney disease, and other health problems.  Reducing sodium consumption by half would save an estimated 100,000 lives per year.  Read more.


School foods

Schools across the country are implementing updated nutrition standards for school lunches, which should now include more fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, low-fat instead of high-fat milk, sensible limits on calories, unhealthy fats, and salt, and healthier snacks and beverages.  Find out more about healthy school lunches.  


Sugar drinks 

Taxes, warning labels, curbs on availability, and other policies can help reduce consumption of soda and other sugar drinks, which promote diabetes, obesity, heart disease, tooth decay, and other health problems.  Read more.


Trans fat  

Labeling, local laws, and the FDA’s determination that artificial trans fat is no longer safe for use in food helped remove much artificial trans fat—the kind that comes from partially hydrogenated oil—from the food supply.  CSPI is working to eliminate the last of what remains.  Read more.


(Un)healthy checkout 

Placing candy, soda, and other sugar-sweetened beverages at retail checkout aisles is a powerful form of marketing that contributes to unhealthy eating.  Read more.