Washington, D.C. – For the first time in nearly 50 years, President Biden is hosting the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. This conference follows a series of meetings over the last several months where White House officials, nutrition, and health experts strategized how to end hunger and increase healthier outcomes by 2030 so that fewer Americans experience diet-related diseases like diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. The Natural Products Association participated in these discussions and submitted comments on how to address nutrition and health integration to the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. NPA’s remarks can be viewed here.
“Prioritizing the role of nutrition in overall health, including disease prevention and management, is a goal of the NPA and the Biden Administration,” said Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D. President and CEO of the Natural Products Association.
“We thank the Biden Administration for providing NPA with the opportunity to provide our analysis of how increasing access to essential vitamins and minerals empowers consumers to make healthcare choices and have access to nutritional products. NPA has long championed expanding access to nutritional supplements through social programs such as SNAP/WIC and through employer-funded programs like Health Savings Accounts. We look forward to our continued work with the Administration and Congress to find legislative solutions to address our common goals.”
This will mark more than 50 years since the first and only White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health was held in 1959. That pivotal event influenced the country’s policy agenda for the next 50 years. The 2022 conference will be held Wednesday, September 28. It will bring together the public and private sectors to coordinate strategies to accelerate progress and drive transformative change in the United States to end hunger, improve nutrition and physical activity, and close the disparities surrounding them. The Conference encompasses five pillars meant to help identify actions taken by all parts of society, including the federal government, local, state, territory, and tribal governments, nonprofit and community groups, and private companies.