210748 A policy-relevant research blueprint for building a healthier food system: The 2009 Food Systems and Public Health Conference

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 4:30 PM

David Wallinga, MD, MPA , Food and Health Program, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), Minneapolis, MN
Ninety of the nation's leading researchers and thinkers gathered April 1-3, 2009 at an invite-only national conference, titled "Food Systems and Public Health: Linkages to Achieve Healthier Diets and Healthier Communities". This research conference, sponsored by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and involving the food system, food, agriculture, and agriculture policy and practices, worked to identify research opportunities whose results could be used to develop potentially successful public and private policy interventions within the food/agricultural and health systems that: a) Promote healthy diets that are as local as feasible and reduce child and adult obesity; b) Address health disparities by developing equal access to good food in communities across America; and c) Promote diversification of agricultural production in scale, production practices, products grown, and farmers in communities across America. This presentation by one of the conference co-hosts and organizers, will review the conference proceedings, background papers, and chiefly discuss research recommendations of the conference's working groups.

Learning Objectives:
1) Discuss three ways in which the existing food system works at odds with the health of children. 2) Identify two goals of the April 2009 Food Systems and Public Health Conference 3) List select policy-relevant research recommendations of the conference.

Keywords: Food and Nutrition, Obesity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Physician and Food Systems and Public Health Fellow, University of Minnesota. Published in public health impacts of the food system. Frequent presenter, including keynote level talks
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.