244999 Nurturing the Food System: Opportunities for Registered Nurses and Other Public Health Practitioners to Jointly Support Healthy Communities

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 4:50 PM

Holly Carpenter, RN BSN , Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, American Nurses Association, Silver Spring, MD
Nurses and other health care professionals are called upon to be healthy food models, educators and leaders. Nurses seek healthy food choices for themselves, their patients and the communities in which they serve. The Principles of a Healthy, Sustainable Food System will assist nurses in identifying issues in and designing solutions to health and justice issues throughout the food system. With these principles and the American Nurses Association's 2008 House of Delegates resolution “Healthy Food in Health Care” nurses can receive guidance for a truly healthy, sustainable food system, examining food from production through disposal. Important opportunities exist for collaboration between nursing, public health and other disciplines and some of these will be discussed in this presentation.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Communication and informatics
Environmental health sciences
Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify food production and packaging practices that negatively impact humans and the environment 2. List actions health care professionals can take to promote the principles 3. Discuss the American Nurses Association’s healthy food in health care policy

Keywords: Food and Nutrition, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As a senior staff specialist for the American Nurses Association's Center for Occupational and Environmental Health I provide expertise and resources for most environmental health issues, including sustainable food systems. I was part of the coalition that developed the "Principles of a Healthy, Sustainable Food System". I am developing a poster for future presentations on these same principles and have written a short article on them as well for "The American Nurse". I assist with ANA's Healthy Nurse initiative which includes healthy nutrition topics.
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.