Five leading nutrition organizations have united to form the American Nutrition Association (ANA). They are the American College of Nutrition, Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists, Center for Nutrition Advocacy, Accreditation Council for Nutrition Professional Education and American Nutrition Association Foundation.
“There is a profound nutrition gap, said Michael Stroka, CEO of the ANA. “Relative to its power, we vastly underutilize nutrition in our health system and culture. One key reason is that most health professionals are untrained in nutrition science and practice,” he added. “As a unified professional association, the ANA addresses the chronic disease crisis by equipping health professionals with the science and practice of personalized nutrition.”
Personalized nutrition is a field that leverages human individuality to drive nutrition strategies that prevent, manage and treat diseases and optimize health. According to the association, it is the most important lever for preventing and reversing chronic illness and obesity, as poor nutrition poses a greater threat than tobacco, inactivity or any other risk factor.
“We now have a deep body of science underscoring the impact of nutrition as the single most powerful and modifiable determinant of our health,” said ANA Board Chair Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, FACN, FASN, CNS-S. “Genetics represents only a very small portion of the risk for chronic disease, while the overwhelming majority of the risk comes from modifiable actions we take every day. And personalized nutrition interventions hold the potential to have a profound impact.”
“Our group of forward-thinking nutrition scientists, health professionals and thought leaders realized that a comprehensive solution was required, targeting each root of the nutrition gap. So our organizations made a historic decision to unite. As one unified voice, we have a powerful platform to educate, certify, advocate and connect, to champion personalized nutrition,” said Corinne Bush, board director of the ANA. “What especially excites me is that we are deeply steeped in science, not tied to a specific ideology. Science is our North Star.”
For more information, visit www.theana.org.