The 2nd White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health was held on September 30, 2022. The first conference was held in 1969, more than 50 years ago! The all-day agenda featured many renowned experts in the areas of food insecurity, abject hunger in the United States, nutrition goals and the improved health of all Americans. Specifically, the conference goal is to: “end hunger and increase healthy eating and physical activity by 2030, so that fewer Americans experience diet-related diseases like diabetes, obesity, and hypertension”.
The White House Conference bases its action plan on the following Pillars
- Improve food access and affordability: End hunger by making it easier for everyone — including urban, suburban, rural, and Tribal communities — to access and afford food. For example, expand eligibility for and increase participation in food assistance programs and improve transportation to places where food is available.
- 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.
- 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 messaging and education campaigns that are culturally appropriate and resonate with specific communities.
- 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.
- 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.
After the conference, a multitude of industries and organizations have committed to achieving the goals and pillars.
See more information at: White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health | health.gov