Farm Policy & Chronic Disease: How are they Linked?

Monday, August 6, 2018, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific)

Farm Policy & Chronic Disease: How are they Linked? With David Wallinga, MD, MPA

 

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About the Webinar:

Is farm policy really helping to drive our epidemic of chronic disease? What evidence do we have that changing our food environment, and especially farm policy, could improve public health? US farms currently don’t produce sufficient fruits and vegetables to meet the per capita daily servings recommended by the USDA; how might that be addressed? How should health care and public health get involved in changing our food (and farm) system?

Learning Objectives:

On completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe why public health trends such as rising diabetes and obesity rates are not explained as an outcome of bad personal choices
  • Describe at least one farm or food policy that has improved health outcomes, and another having the opposite effect
  • List three steps health professionals can take to help bring about a food system that contributes to better population health

Biographies:

David Wallinga, MD, MPA is a physician and the Senior Health Officer at NRDC’s Healthy People, Thriving Communities Program. He has more than 20 years of experience in writing, policy, and advocacy at the intersection of food, nutrition, sustainability, and public health. His current work focuses on the enormous overuse of antibiotics of human importance in U.S. livestock production—a practice that continues to worsen the global crisis of antibiotic-resistant infections, like MRSA. Prior to rejoining NRDC in April 2015, he cofounded Healthy Food Action; Keep Antibiotics Working: The Campaign to End Antibiotic Overuse; and created and directed the health program at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in Minneapolis. Before that, Wallinga worked at NRDC on pesticides policy and on implementation of the then-new Food Quality Protection Act. He completed his medical school education at the University of Minnesota; he also holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University. He is based in San Francisco.

Health from the Soil Up:

This webinar is being offered as an introduction to Health from the Soil Up, a colloquium taking place on August 9, 2018 in Berkeley, CA.

Click here to learn more about Health from the Soil Up.