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MSDC Advocacy Urges Access to Healthy Food to Curb Obesity and Diet-Related Illness

Wednesday, July 26, 2017  
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MSDC Leads Effort to Decrease Obesity and Increase Access to Healthful Foods, Especially Among the Poor

At the Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association in June, the MSDC's AMA Delegation proposed two resolutions which addressed issues affecting District physicians and patients: the critical role of healthy eating habits and the negative impact of food deserts in managing obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other conditions. The first resolution on healthful hospital foods aimed to improve the health of hospital patients, staff and visitors by increasing access to nutritious meals at hospitals. A second resolution addressing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) combats food deserts and harmonize SNAP food offerings to improve access to healthful food for the poor. Read more in  AMA Wire.

Studies Show Once Again that The Way To A Patient's Heart Is Through His Stomach

The role that a healthy diet plays in individual health is well-established. A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that people who added healthful foods to their diets over time improved their odds for living longer. But in order to act on that knowledge, people must have access to healthful foods.  Food deserts in the District of Columbia and across the nation place a barrier on patient options for a healthy diet, and the Medical Society hopes that increased access to healthful foods can help improve patient health and curb obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and a range of other conditions.

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