Current Fellows
Obesity & The Food System

Andrea Jacobson

Bloomberg Fellow

Andrea is the Advocacy Manager at Balanced. In this role, she developed three advocacy guides for parents and communities, employees, and students that make the environmental and public health case for more plant-forward meals. She also created an accompanying toolkit, which included how-to guides, educational website templates, and other resources for advocates to use to maximize their impact while learning how to be a change agent in their community.

Balanced is a public health and nutrition advocacy organization focused on improving the healthfulness of institutional food environments. The organization works to balance menus in schools, hospitals, offices, and other critical community institutions so they are more representative of nutrition and dietary recommendations. Balanced advocates for food environments that promote increased consumption of foods high in fiber and phytonutrients, like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and plant source proteins, and discourage overconsumption of animal-source proteins and ultra-processed food products.

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