Sending Office: Ryan (OH), Tim
Request for Cosponsor(s)
There is no doubt that healthcare spending in the United States continues to rise around the nation. Cardiovascular disease cost Americans 555 billion dollars
in 2016, and costs from chronic disease treatment account for over 75 percent of total national health spending. Many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and stroke are linked to dietary and lifestyle choices. Raising awareness and increasing nutrition
and physical activity education can help improve many American’s diets and help reduce these risks of these chronic diseases.
Unfortunately, according to a study published in the
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, many physicians feel inadequately trained to provide proper nutrition advice. 94 percent feel that nutrition counseling should be included during primary care visits, but only 14 percent felt adequately trained
to do so. Furthermore, the same can be said for physical activity—although expert recommendations encourage more medical schools to teach physical activity
only 13 percent of medical schools integrate it into the curricula.
That is why I introduced the bipartisan Expansion of Nutrition’s Role in Curricula and Healthcare (ENRICH) Act (HR 1413), which would create a grant program
for U.S. Medical Schools and Osteopathic Colleges to create an integrated nutrition and physical activity curriculum program.
This three year grant program would allow U.S. medical schools to establish or expand nutrition curriculum including physical activity to highlight the role
that nutrition and diet play in prevention and management of obesity and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. The understanding that proper nutrition and exercise guidance is necessary throughout the entire lifecycle should be a necessity in medical
education for our future physicians.
To learn more or to cosponsor, please contact Stephen Kostyo (Stephen.Kostyo@mail.house.gov)
with Congressman Ryan’s office or Abigail Finn (Abigail.Finn@mail.house.gov) with Congressman Tiberi’s office.
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