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Front Public Health. 2018 Mar 23;6:93. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2018.00093. eCollection 2018.

Perspectives from the Third International Summit on Medical Nutrition Education and Research.

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Discipline of Nutrition, Faculty of Medical Health Sciences, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.
NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health, St John's Innovation Centre, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada.
Department of Public Health and Primary Care, School of Clinical Medicine, Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom.


Nutrition is an important component of public health and health care, including in education and research, and in the areas of policy and practice. This statement was the overarching message during the third annual International Summit on Medical Nutrition Education and Research, held at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, in August 2017. This summit encouraged attendees to think more broadly about the impact of nutrition policy on health and communities, including the need to visualize the complete food system from "pre-farm to post-fork." Evidence of health issues related to food and nutrition were presented, including the need for translation of knowledge into policy and practice. Methods for this translation included the use of implementation and behavior change techniques, recognizing the needs of health-care professionals, policy makers, and the public. In all areas of nutrition and health, clear and effective messages, supported by open data, information, and actionable knowledge, are also needed along with strong measures of impact centered on an ultimate goal: to improve nutritional health and wellbeing for patients and the public.


global food systems; health care; implementation; nutrition; policy; public health

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