SUMMARY: The Biden-Harris Administration’s National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition and Health

More than 50 years after the first White House conference on food, nutrition and health, the United States has yet to end hunger and is facing an urgent nutrition-related health crisis.the increasing prevalence of diet-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, hypertension and some types of cancer. The consequences of food insecurity and food-related diseases are significant, far-reaching and have a disproportionate impact on historically disadvantaged communities. However, food insecurity and diet-related diseases are largely preventable if we prioritize the health of the nation.

The Biden-Harris administration envisions an America where no one wonders if they will have enough money to put food on the table, where the choice of healthy food is the easiest choice, and where everyone has an equal opportunity to be physically active. Realizing this vision requires transformative programs, policies and system changes within and outside government. There is no silver bullet to address these complex problems and there is no solution overnight. Making progress requires collective and sustained action and mobilization in every segment of society. That’s why President Biden announced a goal to end hunger and increase healthy eating and physical activity by 2030, so fewer Americans suffer from diet-related illnesses. reducing related health disparities.

To carry out the President’s goaland build on the federal government’s existing work to tackle hunger and food-related diseasethis strategy identifies ambitious and achievable actions that the Biden-Harris administration will pursue through five pillars:

  1. Improve access to food and affordability, also by increasing economic security; increase access to free and nutritious school meals; provide Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) benefits to multiple children; and expand the eligibility of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to the most disadvantaged populations;
  2. Integrating nutrition and health, also working with Congress to pilot Medicare medical bespoke meal coverage; test Medicaid coverage of nutrition education and other nutrition aids using Medicaid Section 1115 Demonstration Projects; and broaden Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries’ access to nutrition and obesity counseling;
  3. Enable all consumers to make and have access to healthy choices, also proposing to develop a front-of-pack labeling system for food packaging; propose the updating of nutritional criteria for the “healthy” indication on food packaging; expand incentives for fruit and vegetables in SNAP; facilitate the reduction of sodium in the food supply by issuing longer-term voluntary sodium targets for industry; and consider further measures to reduce the consumption of added sugar, including potential voluntary targets;
  4. Support physical activity for all, also expanding the US Department of Health and Human Services’ state physical activity and nutrition program for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to all states and territories; investing in efforts to connect people to parks and other outdoor spaces; and funding of regular updates and promotion of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans; And
  5. Improve research on nutrition and food safety, also by strengthening funding to improve metrics, data collection and research to inform nutrition and food safety policy, in particular on issues of equity and access; and implement a vision to advance nutrition science.

The federal government cannot end hunger and reduce food-related diseases alone. The private sector; state, tribal, local and territorial governments; academia; and nonprofit and community groups also need to act. This strategy details the calls to action for all these entities to do their part. Taken together, these collective efforts will make a difference and bring us closer to reaching the 2030 goal.

To read the full national strategy, click here.


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