Leaders of the newly established American Nutrition Association (ANA) have published a proposed definition of Personalized Nutrition in order to promote and scale efforts in research, education, clinical practice, and policy. The ANA recognizes personalized nutrition as core to human health and as key to turning the tide on the chronic disease epidemic.
As one thrust of its work to champion the science and practice of personalized nutrition and to catalyze the evolution of the field, the American Nutrition Association convened a group of experts to craft a definition of personalized nutrition. The publication, “Toward the Definition of Personalized Nutrition: A Proposal by the American Nutrition Association,” was e-published ahead of print in December of 2019 and appears in print in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. Authors Corinne Bush, Jeffrey Blumberg, Ahmed El-Sohemy, Deanna Minich, Jóse Ordovás, Dana Reed and Victoria Yunez Behm anticipate that this proposed definition will serve the broader nutrition science community by fostering standards and scalability in research, data, training, products, services, and clinical practice; and assist in driving favorable policy.
“This represents a leap forward for the field of personalized nutrition,” said Lead Author Bush. “Defining the term and its contours is a critical step toward embedding it in the core of the health care system.”
Building upon the seminal work of thought leaders across multiple disciplines, the ANA proposes a core definition of personalized nutrition as: “A field that leverages human individuality to drive nutrition strategies that prevent, manage, and treat disease and optimize health, and be delineated by three synergistic elements: personalized nutrition science and data, personalized nutrition professional education and training, and personalized nutrition guidance and therapeutics.”
The ANA engages a community of scientists, experts, clinicians, food and health industry leaders, and policymakers toward a paradigm shift in the health care landscape. “With consensus and collaboration, we can advance personalized nutrition science, train personalized nutrition practitioners, and enhance access to personalized nutrition care,” said CEO Michael Stroka. “Building on the work done by pioneers across many disciplines, this definition can serve as a springboard to embed personalized nutrition in the health care system to prevent, treat, and manage disease and optimize human health.”
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