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White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition & Health
September 28, 2022
AMWA Supports the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, & Health
AMWA is participating in the upcoming White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. We held several internal and external listening sessions to gather input from our members on the pillars of the upcoming conference, which were shared with the White House team. Through our newly formed health and nutrition committee, AMWA will promote educational programming that increases awareness of the impact of nutrition on health and disease and the role of food as medicine in the care of patients.
Ways to Get Involved with the Conference through AMWA
Watch Parties on September 28 – and engage with us on twitter as we post highlights from the conference!
We are encouraging all of our branches and members to set up local watch parties – either virtually or in-person. If you would like to set this up in your community, please sign up here, and we will share the information and link when available.
AMWA Full Stack Challenge – Saturday, October 1
We are setting up a satellite event on Saturday, Oct. 1 to promote the physical activity guidelines for Americans in support of the Move Your Way campaign. The AMWA Full Stack Challenge uses a deck of cards to create a workout that can be fun and interactive. Join in and learn a new way to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine.
Food Redefined: Education, Service and Health (FRESH) – a week of service and education, October 3-9
We are setting up a week (October 3-9) of education and service to promote messages about health and nutrition from the conference. Join in and help educate youth and promote service activities!
Live, Virtual Post-Conference Discussion – Insights from the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, Oct. 5, 8-9 pm ET
Join a live discussion with AMWA on Zoom about key points from the conference and how we can work to support the actions coming out of the White House Conference.
Join the Committee
Looking for an opportunity to engage in a national committee or take on a leadership role? Join AMWA’s efforts in this area. There will be opportunities to chair subcommittees and lead local or national efforts in this space. Join AMWA and get involved! (First-time member 15% off code: TIME)
Calling Culinary Medicine Experts!
We are looking for AMWA members who are culinary medicine experts, so that we can showcase your work and promote this growing specialty in medicine. Not a member yet? Join with the first-time 15% off discount code: TIME.
WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE PILLARS
- Pillar 1: Improve Food Access and Affordability
- A state/local government funds a year-round mobile produce market, particularly in areas with limited food access.
- A trade association sets an industry goal to improve access to healthy retail outlets within underserved communities.
- A major grocery retailer develops a buying program with local farms.
- Pillar 2: Integrate Nutrition and Health
- A health insurance company commits to providing coverage for nutrition (e.g., produce prescriptions, medically-tailored meals) and wellness services.
- Hospitals commit to screening patients for food insecurity, connecting patients to nutrition assistance services, and ensuring services are available.
- A non-profit partners with CEOs to challenge 200 companies to adopt work wellness programs.
- Pillar 3: Empower All Consumers to Make and Have Access to Healthy Choices
- A food company reformulates their products to meet or exceed FDA sodium reduction targets.
- A food retailer re-designs their stores to place healthier choices more prominently or stock healthier items/more fresh produce options.
- An online grocery company redesigns their search algorithm to ensure healthier products (e.g., foods that meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans) appear first; or they commit to displaying the ingredient and Nutrition Facts label information for all products.
- A university updates its procurement contracts to ensure healthier foods are available in dining halls.
- Pillar 4: Support Physical Activity for All
- States/localities establish more rigorous physical education requirements in schools to help students meet physical activity guidelines.
- A local health department commits to having urban planners/designers and public health nutrition experts on staff.
- City bike share companies subsidize their membership costs for individuals with lower-incomes.
- A playground equipment company makes donations to build parks and safe sidewalks in underserved neighborhoods.
- Pillar 5: Enhance Nutrition and Food Security Research
- A philanthropy group donates to support research on successful strategies to reduce disparities in diet-related disease.
- Retailers share data and/or fund research exploring the impact of the recent updates to the Thrifty Food Plan.
- Academic medical centers commit to bolstering hunger, nutrition, and physical activity research and data collection that is disaggregated by race, ethnicity, and other factors.