White House Introduces Plan to Fight Hunger and Improve Health

President Joe Biden introduced a plan to end hunger in the United States and promote healthy eating and physical activity by 2030. The new plan called the National Strategy On Hunger, Nutrition, And Health will focus on five pillars: improving food access and affordability, integrating nutrition and health, empowering all consumers to make and have access to healthy choices, supporting physical activity for everyone, and enhancing nutrition and food security research.

The three key principles supporting the strategy are helping American families access nourishing food, providing options and information needed to make healthy dietary choices, and helping more Americans be physically active.

According to the plan, nearly 40 million Americans lack access to grocery stores with affordable and healthy food options. Unsurprisingly, those with limited access to affordable, nutritious food tend to be lower-income and people of color. Additionally, children in low-income families typically have fewer opportunities to be physically active because safe open areas and playgrounds are not readily available to them. 

Biden said the plan “recognizes the critical role that nutrition plays in our health and our healthcare system, and it acknowledges that we have to give families the tools to keep them healthy.” 

Research carried out last year reported that one in 10 households experienced food insecurity, as their access to nutritious and varied food was limited by lack of money and other resources. Many families experienced very low food security, where children were skipping meals regularly or cutting back on how much they ate because their parents could not afford more food. 

Hunger and diet-related diseases are not distributed equally. “These challenges disproportionately impact communities of color, people living in rural areas, people living in territories, people with disabilities, older adults, LGBTQI+ people, military families, and Veterans,” reads the plan.

One leading cause of premature death and disability in the U.S. is poor diet. Obesity is still prevalent in 19 states, with over 35% of the population being overweight, twice the numbers in 2018. One in 10 Americans have diabetes, one in three will have some form of cancer in their lifetime, and more than four in 10 suffer high blood pressure, which contributes to heart disease and stroke.

The concrete actions under the National Strategy On Hunger, Nutrition, And Health include increasing access to free school meals and food during the summer for more children, expanding incentives for fruits and vegetables for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients, increasing access to outdoor spaces, updating nutritional labeling, and providing more funding to research nutrition and food security policy, mostly on equity and access issues.


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