On May 17, the U.S. House passed a bipartisan resolution calling on medical schools and other health professional training programs to incorporate nutrition education into their curricula, advance nutrition research, and raise awareness of the role that nutrition plays in health.
It’s an important step toward integrating nutrition into our health care system, at a time when Americans are facing higher rates of diabetes, obesity, stroke, and heart disease, according to Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and co-chair of the Task Force on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.
“Today, more Americans are sick than are healthy, suffering from diet-related chronic diseases caused by a food system and policies that make it hard to achieve good nutrition,” said Mozaffarian. “This bipartisan resolution highlights the challenges—and opportunities—to integrate nutrition education into all stages of medical training and help advance the health of our country.”
The Task Force on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health was formed earlier this month to bring together a diverse, non-partisan group of stakeholders to inform the goals of the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health—the first conference of its kind in 50 years—which will be held in September 2022.
Visit the task force's website to learn more about the effort to convene voices from across the nation to help solve the issues at the heart of the focus of the White House Conference.