Our country faces a national nutrition crisis. Our food system is a major cause of poor health, ever-rising healthcare costs, strangled government budgets, diminished economic competitiveness of American business, reduced military readiness, and hunger and disparities. Americans of all backgrounds see these problems, and are hungry for and value leadership to create lasting solutions.
Fortunately, advances in nutrition and policy science now provide a road-map for addressing our nutrition crisis. The solutions are win-win, promoting better well-being, lower health care costs, greater sustainability, reduced disparities, improved economic competitiveness, and greater national security. Multiple sectors have important roles to play, including farmers, retailers/supermarkets, restaurants, food manufacturers, worksites, schools, universities, life insurance, media, advocacy groups, and the healthcare sector.
The Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy is collaborating with Congressional leaders, advocacy partners, and other key stakeholders on a bipartisan Food is Medicine initiative. Our goals are to raise awareness of the tremendous impact of food on national well-being, share the remarkable advances in both science and technology that inform priorities, and provide trusted science on actionable and impactful solutions.
We will be releasing many of our Food is Medicine policy solutions this year in a report in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the White House Conference on Food, Nutrition. For details about associated 50th Anniversary events and report, please visit: https://sites.tufts.edu/foodnutritionandhealth2019/