The overlap of health care and food systems is multifaceted. Nourish convened 22 leaders from across healthcare, government, food systems and philanthropy together for a four day retreat on Wasan Island in order to explore the opportunities around environmental nutrition in health care. Environmental nutrition (2014), a concept coined by Health Care Without Harm, reframes healthy food as contributing beyond individual well-being towards a collective social responsibility for creating healthy communities and a sustainable food system. Read the report here.
The question of what qualifies as “healthy” food is highly contested in healthcare and beyond. In June, we brought together the varying perspectives of dieticians and chefs for a rich discussion with Nourish innovators around how hospitals can lead the charge in expanding the definition of how food is produced, prepared and consumed for patient, population, and planetary health. Read our summer newsletter for a deeper dive into this topic.
Rather than just improving the efficiency of providing formal health care, how do we look at reducing the demand for expensive health care through better diets? And how do we enlist the formal health care sector in supporting this goal? Read this newsletter on the true returns of investing in food in health care.