The White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health

Eating at a Meeting Podcast Episode #162

blue background with a white and green plate line drawing with a blue fork to the left of the words white house conference hunger nutrition and health written in whiteFirst White Conference of its Kind in 50+ Years

On this LIVE episode of Eating at a Meeting Tracy and Erin Malawer of AllergyStrong recap The White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. This is the first conference of its kind in more than 50 years. The first and only other one was held in 1969.

The Administration’s goal is “to end hunger in America and increase healthy eating and physical activity by 2030 so fewer Americans experience diet-related diseases.”

The Domestic Policy Council has been working “within the federal government, including with over 20 agencies, and listening to members of Congress, academics, advocates, community leaders, philanthropic groups, health insurance, and food companies and people with lived experience” to build the National Strategy and design the conference.

In this recap, we cover what we learned, as well as where and how the#MeetingsAndEvents industry can help support the goals through the five pillars that comprise the strategy.=

Erin Malawer

Erin Malawer is the Chief Executive Officer at AllergyHealth, an Emmy-winning Writer/Producer, the Executive Director of Allery Strong, a digital health entrepreneur, and a food allergy advocate. She serves on the Food Allergy Task Force at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C.

Through her work, she brings expert guidance and up-to-date information to patients and caregivers. With 10+ years of experience training school administrators, teachers, and staff about food allergy management. Erin is focused on — and is instrumental — in helping the at-risk and underserved community living with food allergies.

Five Pillars of the National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition & Health

Pillar 1—Improve Food Access and Affordability

End hunger by making it easier for everyone—including individuals in urban, suburban, rural, and Tribal communities, and territories—to access and afford food. .

Pillar 2—Integrate Nutrition and Health: Prioritize the role of nutrition and food security in overall health—including disease prevention and management—and ensure that our health care system addresses the nutrition needs of all people.

Pillar 3—Empower All Consumers to Make and Have Access to Healthy Choices

Foster environments that enable all people to easily make informed, healthy choices, increase access to healthy food, encourage healthy workplace and school policies, and invest in public education campaigns that are culturally appropriate and resonate with specific communities.

Pillar 4—Support Physical Activity for All

Make it easier for people to be more physically active—in part by ensuring that everyone has access to safe places to be active—increase awareness of the benefits of physical activity, and conduct research on and measure physical activity.

Pillar 5—Enhance Nutrition and Food Security Research:

Improve nutrition metrics, data collection, and research to inform nutrition and food security policy, particularly on issues of equity, access, and disparities.


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