White House conference to explore hunger diet-related disease among U.S. population | Richmond Free Press
, 2022-09-01 17:00:00,
A White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in late September will address why millions of Americans are afflictedwithfoodinsecurityanddiet-relateddiseases—including heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes — which are among the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S.
Billed by the Biden-Harris administration as the first of its kind in more than 50 years, the Sept. 28 conference also will examine how a lack of access to healthy and affordable foods is one of many factors impacting hunger and diet-related dis- eases, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre wrote in a statement.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these challenges further,” Ms. Jean-Pierre stated, adding that the conference will bring government leaders, academics, activists, and Americans from all walks of life together to achieve the goal of ending hunger and reducing diet-related diseases in the U.S. by 2030 – all while reducing disparities among the communities who are impacted the most by these issues.
“We will announce a national strategy at the conference that identifies actions the government will take to catalyze the public and private sectors to drive transformative change and address the intersections between food, hunger, nutrition, and health,” Jean-Pierre said.
The first White House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health occurred in 1969. Many considered it a pivotal event that influenced the nation’s food policy agenda for the…
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