Several VIP's were on hand for the release of the report at the National Press Club, including Kevin Concannon, the Undersecretary of Agriculture, and Deb Eschmeyer, who runs the Let’s Move program in First Lady Michelle Obama’s office.
Here is an excerpt from the executive summary.
Hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition ruin health. But good nutrition is preventive medicine. Hunger leads to poor health and poor health contributes to descents into hunger and food insecurity—especially among people who must choose between paying for food or medicine. In the United States, the issues of hunger and health have been seen as two separate and distinct challenges. But that is beginning to change as the system adapts to an ambitious reform agenda driven by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA is moving the U.S. healthcare system to focus on prevention and to address the root causes of chronic diseases.
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If you have any questions or observations about the report, please share them with the hosts of the Twitter conversation: Kelvin Beachum, an anti-hunger activist who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers; Lisa Scales of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, and Asma Lateef, director of the Bread for the World Institute. If you want to participate, follow @BreadInstitute on Twitter.
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Here are some tweets related to the release of the report.
US spends more on health care of all rich countries, yet sees poorest health outcomes. #HungerReport #health pic.twitter.com/m3DmmpUmkQ— Bread Institute (@breadinstitute) November 23, 2015
#hungerreport: socioeconomic inequality largely responsible for #hunger in US. @bread4theworld @breadinstitute pic.twitter.com/3gTZDhFFrk— AllianceToEndHunger (@toendhunger) November 23, 2015
TOMORROW 11 a.m EST: Twitter chat about the linkage between hunger & health. #HungerReport https://t.co/GDhlOSV1oS pic.twitter.com/5JoByam7Fh— Bread for the World (@bread4theworld) November 24, 2015