More than food security, we should focus on nutrition security. It means providing access to foods that promote well being and aid in the prevention or delay of diet-related chronic conditions, like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Communities of color have been impacted by COVID-19 the hardest due to the disproportionate prevalence of chronic conditions; often stemming from access to nutritious foods and education. By adopting a culturally competent approach to nutrition education and focusing on nutrition security, we can focus on closing gaps in health disparities in communities of color that lead to better health outcomes.
Additional Supporting Materials
- People who are food insecure are at highest risk for chronic diseases, which can be heightened by racial inequities in health care
- Shifting our mindset from an emphasis on food security to nutrition security
- Access to nutrient-dense foods needs to be accompanied by culturally competent nutrition education to provide patient-centered care
- Shireen Abdullah, CEO, Yumlish
- Sara Naomi Bleich, senior advisor for COVID-19, Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- Dariush Mozaffarian, cardiologist, Dean, and Jean Mayer Professor, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Shireen Abdullah, CEO, Yumlish
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