American College of Lifestyle Medicine Supports Legislation to Integrate Nutrition, Physical Activity into Medical Education

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine is endorsing two bills being discussed today in Washington at a Capitol Hill briefing on “Transforming Medical Education to Prevent Chronic Disease.” The briefing will discuss how proposed legislation like the ENRICH Act and the EAT for Health Act can facilitate a changing paradigm in the field of medical education by focusing on lifestyle medicine to address our nation’s rising chronic disease rate.

Panelists include representatives from ACLM’s strategic partners, American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and the Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative (LMEd), as well as ACLM President-elect Dr. Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH, who is Chief Medical Director of Cummins, Inc.

The Expanding Nutrition’s Role in Curriculums and Healthcare Act (ENRICH Act), H.R. 1413, is a bipartisan bill sponsored by Representatives Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) establishing a grant program to integrate nutrition and physical activity education into medical school curricula.

The Education and Training for Health Act of 2017 (EAT for Health Act), H.R. 1634, is a bill introduced by Representative Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) that would require federal agencies to develop new guidelines and procedures for integrating nutrition into continuing education requirements for federally-employed primary care health professionals. The bill instructs that the continuing education must at minimum cover the role of nutrition in the prevention, management and reversal of obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes or cancer.

“Most medical students and physicians do not receive adequate training in the basics of lifestyle medicine—nutrition and physical activity—yet we know that 85 percent of chronic disease today is caused…

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