Dear AJPM  reader,

March is National Nutrition Month, so what better time to reflect on the importance of what we eat and how our surroundings affect decisions about dietary choice? Much has been written about obesogenic food environments, which are shaped by complex physical and social factors, in our homes and neighborhoods, and in our worksites and schools. Add to that the impact of government nutrition policies, which exert tremendous influence over food availability and cost, and too often we end up fostering food environments that actually increase the risk of obesity and contribute to a worsening of the epidemic.
In our March issue , we focus on the relationships among food environment, nutrition policy, and dietary choice with three excellent articles each addressing important, albeit different, aspects of the issue:

We hope you enjoy these articles, and be sure to check out AJPM 's Nutrition Collection .

Yours in prevention and health,

Matthew L. Boulton, MD, MPH

American Journal of Preventive Medicine