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Drinking water recommendations for the 2022 White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health

For the first time since 1969, the White House is holding a conference on U.S. nutrition. The White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, planned for September 2022, aims to provide a comprehensive package of strategies to reduce hunger and improve nutrition and health in the U.S. Under the direction of Ambassador Susan Rice and in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services, the White House Conference team actively sought input from Americans, both to tell personal stories about hunger, nutrition, and health and to offer recommendations for strategies.

As USDA Deputy Under Secretary Stacy Dean recently pointed out, the 1969 White House Conference produced about 1,800 recommendations. Since that conference, a remarkable 1,600 of those have been implemented, suggesting the scope and power the 2022 Conference may achieve.

Christina Hecht, of University of California’s Nutrition Policy Institute and NDWA coordinator, submitted recommendations to promote and enable consumption of drinking water. Read the Policy Recommendations to Encourage Drinking Water in Place of Sugary Beverages here.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research team’s submission included water recommendations, available to read at HER Recommendations for the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.

The SSB Workgroup, a national group coordinated by Healthy Food America included recommendations to support consumption of drinking water among their recommendations of strategies to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. Check back here for a link to the Workgroup’s document once it is live.

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