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Food as medicine national summit: Transforming healthcare through nutrition

The Food is Medicine National Summit recently brought together leaders from nonprofit organisations, government, and the private sector to explore how food and nutrition can be at the centre of healthcare. The aim was to find solutions to address the health and economic burdens of diet-related diseases. The summit recognised individuals and community organisations for their outstanding work in advancing nutrition security. The discussions highlighted various approaches, including medically tailored meals, produce prescriptions, professional education for doctors, and expanded medical coverage for dietitian counselling. Stakeholders emphasised the urgent need to address the high prevalence of chronic diseases in the United States and the connection between diet-related diseases and mental health. The role of food labelling in promoting healthier food choices was also emphasised, with the FDA being mentioned as a powerful force for change through its regulation of food ingredients.

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