[Media Event] 'The Nourishing Effect' - the Strong Link Between Hunger and Health

Nov 12, 2015, 15:10 ET from Bread for the World

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bread for the World Institute will host a discussion to launch its 2016 Hunger Report, The Nourishing Effect: Ending Hunger, Improving Health, Reducing Inequality. Panelists include representatives from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and nutrition experts.

The Nourishing Effect shows how hunger and health are inextricably linked. Social determinants including housing, education, employment opportunities, and access to healthy food have a significant impact on health outcomes. Many chronic diseases—the main causes of poor health as well as the main drivers of healthcare costs—are related to diet.

Good nutrition is essential at every stage of life, and it is preventive medicine. Ending hunger and food insecurity will free millions of people to do better in school, be more productive at work, and live healthier lives. The Nourishing Effect offers recommendations for healthcare providers, anti-hunger advocates, and policymakers to help make a healthier, hunger-free United States a reality. It also presents the latest estimates on the health costs of hunger.

Kevin Concannon, Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Service, Department of Agriculture
Acacia Bamberg Salatti, Director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Department of Health and Human Services 
Dr. Sarah Jane Schwartzenberg, lead author of the American Academy of Pediatrics' policy statement, "Promoting Food Security for all Children"
Randy Oostra, President and CEO of ProMedica, founding member of the Root Cause Coalition 
Sylvia Taggart, physician assistant in charge of the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, Unity Healthcare Clinic, Washington, DC
John Cook, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine 
Dawn Pierce, Bread for the World activist, registered nurse, and former SNAP recipient 
Rev. David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World

Release of Bread for the World Institute's 2016 Hunger Report: The Nourishing Effect: Ending Hunger, Improving Health, Reducing Inequality                    

Monday, November 23, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. ET
(Continental breakfast available at 8:30 a.m.)

National Press Club, Holeman Lounge,
529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC  20045

Complimentary copies of the report will be available following the event.

Bread for the World (www.bread.org) is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.


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