Health Professional Engagement

The healthcare sector bears the burden of treating diseases associated with our broken food system. Obesity, diabetes, malnutrition, heart diseases, childhood cancer, and other chronic diseases are the costly consequences of a food system that favors nutritionally poor, processed foods and relies on an industrial model of food production. Standard medical curriculum frequently provides insufficient  training on food, nutrition, and the associated impact our industrialized food system creates on human and environmental health. We need upstream solutions to change this landscape. 

Environmental Nutrition: Healthy food cannot be defined by nutritional quality alone. It is the end result of a food system that conserves and renews natural resources, advances social justice and animal welfare, builds community wealth, and fulfills the food and nutrition needs of all eaters now and into the future.

Physicians, nurses, dietitians, nurse midwives, and other health professionals are well poised to redefine our concept of healthy food through an environmental nutrition approach that places food as a fundamental part of prevention-based health care. Health Care Without Harm guides clinicians in leveraging their respected voice to support change in their communities, facilities and in public policy.

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