The health care 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.
- Join the Clinical Champions for Comprehensive Antibiotic Stewardship (CCCAS).
- Engage in Public Policy Advocacy through sign-on letters, testimonials, and legislative visits.
- Develop a Resolution for Purchasing Meat Raised Without Routine Antibiotics at your facility to support Facility-level policy and programs.
- Educate patient and peers using our Food Matters educational resources:
- The Food-Climate Relationship: The Registered Dietitians’ Balanced Approach to Positive Change
- Blogs written by clinicians and other experts about leveraging health care’s moral authority to prevent the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture.
- Webinars that explore how health professionals can prevent overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture.
- Foundations: Emerging Science, Food Production Practices, and Federal Policy
- Opportunities for Health Professional Engagement: Clinical Advocacy on Policies and Procurement Resolutions
- Clinical Advocacy around Antibiotics: From Resolutions to Policy Engagement
- Webinars that explore how health professionals can support sustainable food systems in their facilities, communities and in public policy (sponsored by the American Medical Association, in partnership with Health Care Without Harm, Kaiser Permanente, and Physicians for Social Responsibility).