Doctors Prescribing Fruits and Veggies: Why Nutrition Policy is National Priority – Blue Zones

By Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D., Dean of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, and the Jean Mayer Chair and Professor of Nutrition; , Tufts University; Jerold Mande, M.P.H., Professor of the Practice, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and a Senior Fellow, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University; and Renata Micha, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy of Tufts University.

Health care professionals and leaders in the medical industry have started to shift the paradigm focusing on food policy, rather than medication.

In this new year, millions of Americans will make resolutions about healthier eating. In 2019, could U.S. government leaders further resolve to improve healthier eating as well, joining public health experts in seeing that food is medicine?

In 2018, Congress initiated a series of actions that represent a shift away from placing the full responsibility – and blame – on individual people to make their own healthier choices. These actions also show a growing recognition that many stakeholders – including the government – are accountable for a healthier, more equitable food system. This shift in thinking reflects an understanding that government can and should play a role in improving the diet of Americans.

As faculty members at Tufts University, our expertise spans clinical medicine, nutrition science, public health, policy analyses, Congress, federal agencies and government programs. It’s clear to us that the time is right for meaningful policy action to leverage food as medicine.

Why healthier eating is a national priority

Poor diet has caused major health problems and claimed an outsized share of federal and state budgets.

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