Examining Eating Habits on Food Day

Observed every October 24, Food Day presents an opportunity for people to examine their relationship with food and to improve their diet — one of the best ways to prevent chronic illnesses.

Food Day is also a great time for medical professionals to recognize the critical role they play in promoting healthy eating habits and helping patients understand the link between a poor diet and the increased potential to develop chronic illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. 

This Food Day, take a moment to think about how you can encourage healthy eating habits, and review some of ACPM’s nutrition-related resources, including:

Food As Medicine Webinar
ACPM Fellow Dr. David Katz presented “Food as Medicine,” April 2010, reviewing the role of nutrition in preventing chronic diseases and how healthcare providers can integrate nutritional guidelines into their practice using food prescriptions.

Nutrition Pilot Webinar
This 90-minute webinar was developed from the nutrition module of the soon-to-be-released Lifestyle Medicine Competencies Curriculum for medical professionals, and is part of a series of pilot resources covering nutrition, weight management, physical activity, tobacco, alcohol, emotional wellness, mindfulness, sleep, as well the importance and role of lifestyle medicine in clinical care.

Food Day is also an opportunity for Americans to consider where their food comes from and to advocate for policies which:

  • Reduce hunger and improve food access
  • Support sustainable and organic farms
  • Reform factory farms to protect the environment and farm animals
  • Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers

ACPM supports the efforts of Food Day and its partners united by a vision that food should be healthy, affordable, and produced with care for the environment, farm animals, and the people who grow, harvest, and serve it.

You can learn more about the Food Day campaign by visiting foodday.org and following #FoodDay conversations on social media.

Eat well!

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