Nutrition has been an extremely popular topic in societal concerns. With childhood obesity statistics skyrocketing, there appears to be an urgency for nutritional research and policy making. These efforts are meant to emphasize the role of nutrition in human health. The Board of Health recently approved a sugary drink policy in New York City where 16-ounce bottles and cups of sugar-containing sodas and other non-diet sweetened beverages will be banned beginning in March 2013.
With that being said, I found this particular think tank that dedicates their research to nutrition and nutritional education. The Institute of Human Nutrition was organized within Columbia University with the aim of developing research programs in human nutrition related to growth and development, nutritional diseases, community nutrition, and of expanding the teaching role of the Institute to encompass medical students and physicians. Today, their mission is the following,
“to provide outstanding academic, professional education, and training programs in human nutrition and conduct basic science and translational research on the role of nutrition in human health. The scope of the Institute’s programs includes projects, symposia and other initiatives for health practitioners, scientists, policy-makers, educators, and individuals that advance understanding of the importance of nutrition for individuals and populations worldwide.”
I am still unsure of the direction of my white paper, but I feel that this topic would be fascinating to research further. Nutritional policy and policy recommendations will affect development in future generations. Nutrition and health have played an important role in my own eating habits, therefore I have an existing relationship with the topic. The research found within this think tank will provide initial insight into the efforts being made to rid this childhood epidemic. From here, I can research current policies in place and how effective they have been.