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Personalized Nutrition Definition Proposed by Leading Nutrition Organization

CHICAGO (January 21, 2020) - 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 American Nutrition Association 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 (Vol. 39, 2020 - Issue 1). 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,” says lead author Corinne Bush. “Defining the term and its contours is a critical step toward embedding it in the core of the healthcare 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 healthcare landscape. CEO Michael Stroka says, “With consensus and collaboration, we can advance personalized nutrition science, train personalized nutrition practitioners, and enhance access to personalized nutrition care. Building on the work done by pioneers across many disciplines, this definition can serve as a springboard to embed personalized nutrition in the healthcare system to prevent, treat, and manage disease, and optimize human health.”

The American Nutrition Association: Powering People to Health with Personalized Nutrition: The American Nutrition Association is the professional association for the science and practice of personalized nutrition. A non-profit, the ANA envisions a society of Healthy People, Powered by Nutrition. The ANA Educates, Certifies, Advocates and Connects to fulfill its mission to Champion the Science and Practice of Personalized Nutrition. For more information, visit theANA.org. Continue the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.  

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Shawna McGregor at 917-971-7852 or shawna@themaverickpr.com

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Bush, C. L., Blumberg, J. B., El-Sohemy, A., Minich, D. M., Ordovás, J. M., Reed, D. G., & Behm, V. A. Y. (2019). Toward the Definition of Personalized Nutrition: A Proposal by The American Nutrition Association. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 1-11. doi:10.1080/07315724.2019.1685332


Leading nutrition organizations unite to form the American Nutrition Association®

The unified association for the science and practice of personalized nutrition.

CHICAGO (November 21, 2019) — Our society faces a health crisis: More than half of Americans suffer from chronic disease. Poor nutrition is the leading factor. The science reveals that personalized nutrition has the power to reverse this epidemic.

To unleash nutrition’s potential to reverse the crisis, five leading nutrition organizations with decades of experience have united to form the American Nutrition Association® (ANA)®. They are 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’: 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,” said Michael Stroka, CEO of the American Nutrition Association. “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. 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. “The recent leaps in personalized nutrition based on an individual’s unique biochemistry, genome, and microbiome as well as personal values holds the potential for targeted behavior change with a profound impact on mitigating chronic disease and promoting wellness.”

“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.”

While its roots were established in 1959, this is a watershed moment, positioning the American Nutrition Association for its next 60 years. Scientists, practitioners, stakeholders, students and anyone passionate about personalized nutrition may join the ANA Family at theANA.org. View the video of the ANA Story.

To schedule an interview with an ANA representative, please contact Shawna McGregor at 917-971-7852 or shawna@themaverickpr.com.

The American Nutrition Association

The American Nutrition Association (ANA) is the professional association for the science and practice of personalized nutrition. A non-profit, the ANA envisions a society of Healthy People, Powered by Nutrition. The ANA Educates, Certifies, Advocates and Connects to fulfill its mission to Champion the Science and Practice of Personalized Nutrition. There are many opportunities to join, invest in, or connect with the ANA. For more information, visit theANA.org. Continue the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. 

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