Efforts to promote health through improved diet require an understanding of the intersections that comprise global nutritional ecology, including agriculture, food systems, health, disease, and a changing environment across the life span. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the ADVANTAGE Project will engage and support agencies and organizations involved in efforts to research, translate, and implement evidence-informed interventions, programs, and policies. The project seeks to address the following core questions:
- How are the current realities of climate/environmental change (CEC) affecting dietary choices/patterns and relevant aspects of the food system, and what are the implications for specific public health outcomes of interest?
- How can we apply an ecological approach to assessing the nature and impact of these relationships?
- How can we best translate the evidence generated to support dietary guidance to promote health and prevent disease?
NICHD leads the project through its Pediatric Growth and Nutrition Branch, with support from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
The ADVANTAGE Project will expand the evidence base that agencies and organizations will use to build guidelines, recommendations, policies, and programs. It will also support efforts of the global community to address the potential impacts of the intersection of CEC, food systems, nutrition, and health by focusing on the evidence (i.e., what we know and what we don’t know and how we might address gaps in that evidence).
By harnessing the expertise of its stakeholder groups, the ADVANTAGE Project can address current knowledge and evidence gaps related to these key themes:
- Impact(s) of a changing environment on
- Dietary patterns and health across the life course
- Food systems
- Consumer attitudes/beliefs and practices
- Factors that may influence the translation and implementation of impactful dietary guidance in a changing environment
NICHD Contact: Dan Raiten