It’s not new news that childhood obesity is an epidemic in the United States; however, did you know that many children in America are not only overweight, but also undernourished? It is heartbreaking to know that over 16 million children live in food insecure households, meaning many go to bed hungry.
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Many Americans are unsure of where their next meal is coming from. Additionally, many populations are overweight and undernourished due to availability of quality, nutritious food.
Several panels of speakers — from dairy producers to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack — gathered in Washington, D.C., at a Future of Food event sponsored by Washington Post Live and National Dairy Council to discuss how to continue feeding the world’s ever-growing population and dairy’s essential role in the cause.
Here’s a roundup of highlights, tweets, photos and stories — including photos of celebrity chef Victor Albisu, who was on hand to teach a group of Fuel Up to Play 60 students how to build healthier meals — from the event and the #thinkfood social conversation.
By Ethan A. Bergman, PhD, RDN, CD, FADA
President, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
For the second consecutive year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics had the honor today of co-hosting the Washington Post’s “Future of Food” forum in Washington, D.C. We co-hosted this inspiring and important event with the National Dairy Council and I had the pleasure of making opening remarks at the conference. Discussions ranged from technological innovations to make food more affordable and nutritious, to private-public partnerships that are leading the sustainable food movement in our country.
Achieving food security is vital to improving the health of our nation. It is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that access to food is a basic and fundamental human right; the Academy and our 75,000 members in the U.S. and abroad are working diligently to help people be food-secure.
One in five children and one in 12 older adults are at risk for hunger in the U.S. That is why, every day, registered dietitian nutritionists and dietetic technicians help individuals and families to make informed choices about accessing nourishing food and develop practical strategies to feed their families adequately.
Our current global food system leaves almost 870 million people hungry each day. That’s why America’s dairy farmers remain committed to helping solve not only our nation’s hunger issues, but those faced by people across the globe.
“It will be America’s farmers who will be responsible for feeding a growing population,” Tom Gallagher, CEO of National Dairy Council, said today at a Future of Food event in Washington, D.C. “America’s farmers are ready to meet the challenge, and we encourage the rest of the world to meet that challenge as well.”
In order to feed a growing population, global food production will need to increase by over 60 percent over the next 40 years, Gallagher said in a blog post published today on the Chicago Council of Global Affairs website.
As part of a campaign to give kids greater access to a healthy breakfast, the national “got milk?®” Campaign and Fuel Up to Play 60 recently awarded $250,000 in grants to schools nationwide as part of the Breakfast Blitz program.
From January 8 to February 17, parents, school administrators, teachers and community members across the nation made every milk purchase count by entering their UPC codes online and voting to direct a $1,000 grant to a local school.