50 Years Later: White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health

Published on: September 4, 2022
2022 White House Conference Pillars

1. Improve food access and affordability:

End hunger by making it easier for everyone — including urban, suburban, rural, and Tribal communities — to access and afford food. For example, expand eligibility for and increase participation in food assistance programs and improve transportation to places where food is available.

2. Integrate nutrition and health:

Prioritize the role of nutrition and food security in overall health, including disease prevention and management, and ensure that our health care system addresses the nutrition needs of all people.

3. Empower all consumers to make and have access to healthy choices:

Foster environments that enable all people to easily make informed healthy choices, increase access to healthy food, encourage healthy workplace and school policies, and invest in public messaging and education campaigns that are culturally appropriate and resonate with specific communities.

4. Support physical activity for all:

Make it easier for people to be more physically active (in part by ensuring that everyone has access to safe places to be active), increase awareness of the benefits of physical activity, and conduct research on and measure physical activity.

5. Enhance nutrition and food security research:

Improve nutrition metrics, data collection, and research to inform nutrition and food security policy, particularly on issues of equity, access, and disparities.


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The 1969 White House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health: 50 Years Later

This excerpt from the journal article (referenced below) emphasizes the point that health and nutrition are not a one-department issue, and they effect the health and economy of every American,

“political economy science is critical: all sorts of actors (advocates, partisans, politicians, bureaucrats), institutions (Congress, the government, industry, the media), attitudes (vested interests, biases, ideologies), contexts, and processes such as legislation and negotiation are involved in the policy process. These elements and their interactions all determine whether, in the end, science will be successfully linked to policy and program implementation.”

Kennedy E, Dwyer J. The 1969 White House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health: 50 Years Later. Curr Dev Nutr. 2020 May 15;4(6):nzaa082. doi: 10.1093/cdn/nzaa082. PMID: 32537557; PMCID: PMC7279882.


Tufts legends Jean Mayer and Jeanne Goldberg’s breakdown 20 years after the first conference: 

The white house conference on food, nutrition and health twenty years later: Where are we now?

“Dr. Jeanne Goldberg is Assistant Professor of Nutrition at the Tufts University School of Nutrition; and Dr. Jean Mayer, President of Tufts University, was the seventh President of the Society for Nutrition Education (1974–75). At the time of the White House Conference, which he was asked to organize and chair, Dr. Mayer was a Professor of Nutrition and Lecturer in Public Health at Harvard University.”



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