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White House releases National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition and Health

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    White House releases National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition and Health

    Update: On October 19, NACo sent a letter to the White House outlining county support for several key recommendations included in the National Strategy.

    On September 28, the Biden administration hosted the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health (Conference), and released their National Strategy (Strategy) with actions the federal government plans to take that will drive solutions to end hunger, improve nutrition and physical activity and decrease diet-related diseases by the year 2030.

    It has been more than 50 years since the first White House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health and NACo appreciated the opportunity to be included as active partners in the development of the National Strategy. County leaders participated in-person at the Conference and NACo hosted a virtual listening session to help inform the White House and provided recommendations that highlighted the key role counties play in fighting food insecurity.

    The Strategy identifies actions the Biden administration will pursue across five pillars:

    1. Improving food access and affordability, including by advancing economic security; increasing access to free and nourishing school meals; providing Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) benefits to more children; and expanding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility to more underserved populations.

    2. Integrating nutrition and health, including by working with Congress to pilot coverage of medically tailored meals in Medicare; testing Medicaid coverage of nutrition education and other nutrition supports using Medicaid section 1115 demonstration projects; and expanding Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries’ access to nutrition and obesity counseling.

    3. Empowering all consumers to make and have access to healthy choices, including by proposing to develop a front-of-package labeling scheme for food packages; proposing to update the nutrition criteria for the “healthy” claim on food packages; expanding incentives for fruits and vegetables in SNAP; facilitating sodium reduction in the food supply by issuing longer-term, voluntary sodium targets for industry; and assessing additional steps to reduce added sugar consumption, including potential voluntary targets.

    4. Supporting physical activity for all, including by expanding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) State Physical Activity and Nutrition Program to all states and territories; investing in efforts to connect people to parks and other outdoor spaces; and funding regular updates to and promotion of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

    5. Enhancing nutrition and food security research, including by bolstering funding to improve metrics, data collection, and research to inform nutrition and food security policy, particularly on issues of equity and access; and implementing a vision for advancing nutrition science.

    Food insecurity and diet-related diseases are preventable and county governments are steadfastly committed to protecting our residents’ health and quality of life by ensuring they can access the nutritious food they need to thrive. Counties are key partners with the federal government in developing, implementing and administering food and nutrition programs as well as leading efforts to transform local food systems.

    NACo thanks our federal partners for the opportunity to be involved in the process of developing the National Strategy and will continue to support a whole-government approach to end hunger, obesity and diet-related disease by the year 2030.

    View NACo’s submission on county perspectives for the Conference here.  

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    • NACo Report: The County Human Services and Education Landscape
    • NACo Legislative Toolkit for Counties: Priorities for Strengthening the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • NACo Policy Brief: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Reauthorization and Appropriations
    • NACo Workshop: Strengthening Anti-Hunger Resources through the 2023 Farm Bill
    • NACo Press Release: Counties Welcome White House Focus on Hunger, Nutrition
    • NACo Blog: NACo’s Listening Session Findings for the White House Hunger Conference
    • NACo Blog: President Biden Announces White House Conference on Hunger, Health and Nutrition
    On September 28, the Biden administration hosted the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, and released their National Strategy with actions the federal government plans to take that will drive solutions to end hunger, improve nutrition and physical activity and decrease diet-related diseases by the year 2030.
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White House releases National Strategy to end Hunger and improve nutrition and health County leaders played an active role in the development of the National Strategy to end hunger, improve nutrition and physical activity and decrease diet-related diseases by the year 2030

Update: On October 19, NACo sent a letter to the White House outlining county support for several key recommendations included in the National Strategy.

On September 28, the Biden administration hosted the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health (Conference), and released their National Strategy (Strategy) with actions the federal government plans to take that will drive solutions to end hunger, improve nutrition and physical activity and decrease diet-related diseases by the year 2030.

It has been more than 50 years since the first White House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health and NACo appreciated the opportunity to be included as active partners in the development of the National Strategy. County leaders participated in-person at the Conference and NACo hosted a virtual listening session to help inform the White House and provided recommendations that highlighted the key role counties play in fighting food insecurity.

The Strategy identifies actions the Biden administration will pursue across five pillars:

1. Improving food access and affordability, including by advancing economic security; increasing access to free and nourishing school meals; providing Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) benefits to more children; and expanding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility to more underserved populations.

2. Integrating nutrition and health, including by working with Congress to pilot coverage of medically tailored meals in Medicare; testing Medicaid coverage of nutrition education and other nutrition supports using Medicaid section 1115 demonstration projects; and expanding Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries’ access to nutrition and obesity counseling.

3. Empowering all consumers to make and have access to healthy choices, including by proposing to develop a front-of-package labeling scheme for food packages; proposing to update the nutrition criteria for the “healthy” claim on food packages; expanding incentives for fruits and vegetables in SNAP; facilitating sodium reduction in the food supply by issuing longer-term, voluntary sodium targets for industry; and assessing additional steps to reduce added sugar consumption, including potential voluntary targets.

4. Supporting physical activity for all, including by expanding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) State Physical Activity and Nutrition Program to all states and territories; investing in efforts to connect people to parks and other outdoor spaces; and funding regular updates to and promotion of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

5. Enhancing nutrition and food security research, including by bolstering funding to improve metrics, data collection, and research to inform nutrition and food security policy, particularly on issues of equity and access; and implementing a vision for advancing nutrition science.

Food insecurity and diet-related diseases are preventable and county governments are steadfastly committed to protecting our residents’ health and quality of life by ensuring they can access the nutritious food they need to thrive. Counties are key partners with the federal government in developing, implementing and administering food and nutrition programs as well as leading efforts to transform local food systems.

NACo thanks our federal partners for the opportunity to be involved in the process of developing the National Strategy and will continue to support a whole-government approach to end hunger, obesity and diet-related disease by the year 2030.

View NACo’s submission on county perspectives for the Conference here.  

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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