Policy and Advocacy

Public Health and Wellness

148. Food Is Medicine: Dietary and Policy Priorities for a Healthier Nation

Tuesday, October 23
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
CE: 1.5

Session level 3- Advanced

Our country faces a national nutrition crisis. The food system is a major cause of poor health, ever-rising healthcare costs, strangled government budgets, diminished economic competitiveness of American business, reduced military readiness, and hunger and disparities. Americans of all backgrounds see these problems, and are hungry for and value leadership to create lasting solutions. Fortunately, advances in nutrition and policy science now provide a road-map for addressing our nutrition crisis. These highlight the key dietary priorities that should be targets for action, including many healthy choices to promote; and the policy priorities for organizations and government. The solutions are win-win, promoting better well-being, lower health care costs, greater sustainability, reduced disparities, improved economic competitiveness, and greater national security. Multiple sectors have important roles to play, including farmers, retailers/supermarkets, restaurants, food manufacturers, worksites, schools, universities, life insurance, media, advocacy groups, and the healthcare sector.

Planned with the Committee for Lifelong Learning

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 1080 Legislation, public policy
  • 9020 Evaluation and application of research
  • 4040 Disease prevention, health promotion

Lauri Y. Wright, PhD, RDN

Lauri Wright is an assistant professor at the University of North Florida, co-director of the Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition, director of the Center for Nutrition and Food Insecurity, and Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics. Through her research and with the Center, she develops programs for food insecure individuals in the community, works globally with malnutrition, and directs nutrition programming for people with AIDS. Wright has developed a food recovering and meal distribution model that serves the food insecure (Food Fighters) and seniors (Meals on Wings) in the community. She formerly worked as a clinical dietitian for the Veterans Administration, providing medical nutrition therapy for veterans with chronic disease. Wright is past-president of the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and serves as a Delegate to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Wright earned an undergraduate degree in nutrition from The Ohio State University, a master's degree from Case Western Reserve University and a doctorate from University of South Florida.

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Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH

Dariush Mozaffarian is a cardiologist, Jean Mayer Professor of Nutrition and Medicine, and Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University. The oldest and most renowned graduate school of nutrition in North America, the Friedman School’s mission is to produce trusted science, future leaders, and real-world impact. He has authored more than 300 scientific publications on the dietary priorities to reduce cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity in the US and globally; and on evidence-based systems innovations and policies to effectively reduce these burdens. Dr. Mozaffarian has served in numerous advisory roles including for the US and Canadian governments, American Heart Association, Global Burden of Diseases study, World Health Organization, and United Nations. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Time Magazine, and many other outlets. In 2016, Thomson Reuters named him as one of the World's Most Influential Scientific Minds.

Dr. Mozaffarian received his BS in biological sciences from Stanford (Phi Beta Kappa), MD from Columbia (Alpha Omega Alpha), and clinical training in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine from Stanford and U. Washington. He also holds an MPH from U. Washington and Doctorate in Public Health from Harvard. Before being appointed as Dean at Tufts in 2014, Dr. Mozaffarian was at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health for a decade and clinically active in cardiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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