Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative

About the Initiative

The Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative identifies opportunities for constructive engagement with the public and private sectors to reduce obesity and chronic disease and their associated health care costs.

All Medical Students and Physicians Need Training in Nutrition and Physical Activity to Help Combat America’s Obesity Epidemic Urges New Paper by Bipartisan Policy Center, American College of Sports Medicine, and Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Washington, D.C. - All medical students and physicians should be trained in nutrition and physical activity to help combat America’s growing obesity challenge. That’s the message of a new white paper, Teaching Nutrition and Physical Activity in Medical School: Training Doctors for Prevention-Oriented Care, released today by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (Alliance) at the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Obesity Solutions. The paper shows that current training for medical professionals in nutrition and exercise is inadequate to cope with the nation’s obesity epidemic, and offers recommendations on how to remedy that deficit.

Today, two in three Americans are overweight or obese. The high incidence of obesity has also caused increased incidence of metabolic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Yet only one in eight visits with a doctor involves counseling on the benefits of a healthy diet.

Value of Prevention

An Ounce of Prevention—Prevention’s Value in Curing Our Health Care Spending Woes
Aug. 20, 2013

Our health care system and the federal budget are drowning under the burden of chronic diseases, like obesity and diabetes, and their associated costs. Health care spending is a primary driver of our annual federal deficit and care for patients with chronic diseases account for three-quarters of our nearly $3 trillion in total health care costs.

Food and Farm Policy

Farm policy, nutrition go together
Jul. 17, 2013

By Dan Glickman and Ann M. Veneman
The Hill

Rising rates of obesity and chronic disease account for almost three-quarters of our nation’s healthcare spending. Many of these diseases are caused by poor dietary habits and sedentary lifestyles. The links among food and farm policy, population health, and rising healthcare costs deserve more attention across sectors.

Healthy Organizations

BPC Advises DoD on New Healthy Base Initiative to Encourage Healthy Eating and Active Living
Mar. 19, 2013

The Healthy Base Initiative (HBI) is more than an employee wellness program, it is a systematic approach to encourage individual behavior change as well as change the DoD environment to foster healthier lifestyles. The goals of HBI align directly with DoD's mission to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country. Optimal recruitment, readiness and retention are critical to that mission and are only possible if we combat the rising tide of unhealthy lifestyles and chronic diseases, such as obesity.