Leading with Nutrition: Leveraging Federal Programs for Better Health
Recommendations in Four Distinct Areas:
PRIORITIZE NUTRITION IN SNAP
ALIGN SNAP AND MEDICAID
COORDINATE FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES AND PROGRAMS
By providing food security for millions of low-income Americans, SNAP is already delivering important public health benefits. But research also points to substantial opportunities for improving diet quality and health among SNAP recipients. Given the clear links that exist between nutrition, chronic disease, and rising health care costs, task force members believe these opportunities must not go untapped. We recognize that some of our proposals may be controversial and that broader and deeper changes will be needed over time to achieve a healthy food environment and healthy nutrition for all Americans.
Clearly, there is bipartisan interest in addressing the intertwined challenges of health and poverty, and broad support for the proposition that public programs should deliver maximum benefits. We are confident that these recommendations can provide a foundation for strengthening SNAP, SNAP-Education, and other federal programs in ways that improve nutrition, promote better health outcomes, and reduce health care costs while continuing to effectively meet the food assistance needs of America’s most vulnerable citizens.