From: The Honorable Raul M. Grijalva
We will be reintroducing this bill the week of March 20th!
Current Sponsors (2): Sheila Jackson Lee, Tim Ryan
Our crises of diet-related diseases are well-documented. Two-thirds of adults in the United States are currently overweight, half of whom are obese. One in three children is now overweight, and one-fifth of children are obese. 70 percent of Americans die
from chronic disease strongly linked to diet – heart disease, stroke, and even some cancers. According to the CDC, in 2008 direct medical costs associated with obesity totaled $147 billion. Obesity is a gateway to many other chronic diseases, including Type
2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Health care professionals want and need more nutrition education in order to better address diet-related diseases in their patients. Nine out of ten doctors feel nutrition should be part of a patient’s office visit but only one out of ten actually do so.
The Education and Training for Health Act (EAT for Health) will increase nutrition education and awareness for health care professionals by having Health and Human Services to issue guidelines to Federal agencies for developing procedures to ensure that
federally employed primary care health professional have at least 6 credits of continuing medical education (CME) courses relating to nutrition. This ensures that each year providers will receive training in the prevention, management, and, where possible,
reversal of chronic disease.
This legislation does not add undue burden to the already busy lives of health care professionals. The EAT for Health Act simply requires that part of the existing CME requirements for these professionals be related to nutrition.
Disease prevention is critical to gaining control of our spiraling health care costs. Over 75 percent of national health expenditures are due to chronic diseases. It is well established that a little bit of nutrition awareness can go a long way to improve
an individual’s health and wellbeing. Nutrition should be at the forefront of the effort and must be prioritized.
To become a cosponsor of the EAT for Health Act please contact: Jose.Miranda6@mail.house.gov
Raúl M. Grijalva
Member of Congress