AMWA Nutrition and Medicine Task Force
We live in a land of high quantity, low quality food with ultra-processed options high in sodium, added sugar, saturated fats, and refined carbohydrates as the norm. This approach to eating is linked to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, respiratory conditions, mental health disorders, chronic pain and certain cancers, including breast cancer in women.
AMWA understands the impact of nutrition on health and disease and the role of food as medicine. AMWA commits to incorporating healthy nutrition into AMWA conferences and promoting this education in all AMWA branches. We will advocate for clinical curricula that address nutritional issues and the barriers posed by social and structural determinants of health.
In 2022, President Biden released a new federal strategy to end hunger and to increase physical activity by 2030. Our government held public listening sessions around the country to better understand what issues were most important to address. 5 Pillars were developed from the information collected to uphold the scope and strategy of the project. AMWA participated with a well-attended listening session to discuss themes of importance to our membership. We also promoted local activities, including food drives, physical activity (developing a Full Stack Challenge), awareness campaigns, and more.
The 5 pillars from the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health included:
- Poverty as the root cause of hunger
- Integrating health and nutrition
- Empowering consumers
- Supporting physical activity
- Research on nutrition
Food as Medicine
AMWA is thrilled to partner with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine to enable AMWA members free access to ACLM’s Food as Medicine Essentials bundle. (5.5 hrs)
Interested in becoming board-certified in lifestyle medicine to enhance your clinical practice and improve patient outcomes? Learn more here.
Educational and artistic Powtoons that help promote nutrition and wellbeing – coming soon!
Diet, Microbiomes, and Health
Join us as we explore exciting new knowledge in the fields of diet, microbiomes, and health.
Join our committee to help promote health and nutrition to the wider AMWA community by writing for our blog.
The AMWA Nutrition Task Force meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Eastern. We welcome everyone to join us!Join the AMWA Nutrition and Medicine Task Force