Submitted by: MSV 2nd District
WHEREAS, diet is the single most significant risk factor for disability and premature death1, and
WHEREAS, most Americans do not adhere to U.S. dietary recommendations2, and are exposed to marketing, food culture, lack of information of good nutritional choices and health impacts, and in some areas, food “deserts” with lack of healthy nutritional choices, and
WHEREAS, while schools are working toward helping children have better nutrition, there are still are some areas where poor nutritional items are available to children who may not make wise nutritional choices (including but not limited to items specifically recommended for avoidance in the daily diet of children, such as sodas, high sugar fruit juices and “sports” drinks, caffeinated products, candy, ice cream, and high fat processed meats), and
WHEREAS, the current state regulations, designed to conform with the FDA guidelines to provide vending products that must meet the guidelines for school meals exclude beverages from meeting any nutritional guidelines5, and
WHEREAS, diabetes has been declared a non-contagious epidemic of world-wide significance by the WHO4, and
WHEREAS, the MSV does not currently have in our guiding positions any specific statements regarding nutrition as an important and necessary part of the role physicians have in the total health of our patients and of the population of Virginia, and the necessary role as advocates for good nutritional practices where encouraged via education, guidelines, local or state regulations, be it therefore
RESOLVED, the MSV shall be engaged to encourage currently scientifically sound nutritional guidelines be advocated for in all spheres for the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia and, when able, serve as an advocate for the availability of food and beverages that are nutritionally healthy, particularly for the young or underserved, and be it further
RESOLVED, the MSV will serve as an advocate for education and, when able, provide support for efforts to improve nutritional patterns and eating habits to effect population health change.
1. Devries S, Dalen JE, Eisenberg DM, et al. A deficiency of nutrition education in medical training. Am J Med . 2014;127(9):804–806.
2. U.S. Department of Agriculture. A snapshot of the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. December 22, 2016. https://www.choosemyplate.gov/snapshot-2015-2020-dietary-guidelines-amer.... Accessed August 7, 2018.
3. Locke, Amy MD;, Schneiderhan, Amy , MD;. Zick, Suzanna, ND, MPH, Am Fam Physician. 2018 Jun 1;97(11):721-728.
4. WHO global report on diabetes. http://www.who.int/diabetes/global-report/en/ Accessed August 7, 2018.
5. https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title22.1/chapter13/section22.1-207.4/ Accessed August 7, 2018