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How to Partner with Government to Enforce Local Laws

For healthy food advocates

Fact Sheet
Good Governance
Food & Beverages

Advocates can work with local government to create healthier environments for children by reporting instances when municipal ordinances (local laws) are not being observed.

Some communities, for example, have adopted menu-labeling laws requiring fast food and chain restaurants to disclose nutrition information about the foods they sell—but advocates may find that not all restaurants comply.

ChangeLab Solutions developed this fact sheet to help advocates and other community leaders report local ordinance violations.

Be sure to check out our other fact sheets: Effective Implementation and Enforcement Clauses in Ordinances, explaining the different ways local governments can enforce laws, and How to Enforce a Wellness Policy, helping parents and community advocates ensure that their district’s policy is enforced.