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.
50th Anniversary of the White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health: Honoring the Past, Taking Actions for our Future
Food is Medicine: Why Healthier Eating Should Be a Priority for Health Care Providers, Insurers, and Government
Role of government policy in nutrition—barriers to and opportunities for healthier eating
Want to fix America’s health care? First, focus on food
Food-PRICE: Food Policy Review and Intervention Cost-Effectiveness
Food is Medicine Coalition
Food Is Medicine—The Promise and Challenges of Integrating Food and Nutrition Into Health Care
Food is Medicine Massachusetts
Doctoring Our Diet: Policy Tools to Include Nutrition in U.S. Medical Training
For resources on diet and health related to COVID-19, please see the school's COVID-19 in Context page.