GIRARD, KS.--- Crawford County commissioners are taking a look at a proposal for a food advisory council. Health advocates are urging commissioners to appoint members of the community to serve on a special food advisory council. County Health Officer Janis Goedeke joined representatives from other special interest groups in an effort to improve public health in Crawford County.
"We're hoping in addition to making healthy food the easier choice, also to address the issue of obesity and access to food," said Janis Goedeke, Crawford County Health Officer.
The council would serve as an advisory committee for the commissioners. They would be responsible for providing the commission with information and research, so in turn, county leaders would be able to make the best decisions for local residents.
"We would be more or less the fact finders in helping those that are in charge of the policy, making those decisions to direct them in what the facts are showing," said Goedeke.
County leaders seemed open to the idea of having a food council, especially when the county's obesity rate sits at 35% and 39% of the restaurants are fast food. However there were several questions during the presentation.
"We would hope that when we come to the next meeting, the commissioners would have their people selected for the food council and that also puts a stamp on us as a committee," said Goedeke.
A proclamation has been drafted, but the commissioners have yet to sign it, giving their approval. It will be discussed at the next meeting, a week from today.
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