Chicago, IL—Five leading nutrition organizations have united to form the American Nutrition Association (ANA), a nonprofit professional association for the science and practice of personalized nutrition, according to a press release. The organizations in question 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.
The release notes that more than half of Americans suffer from chronic disease, with poor nutrition as a leading factor. Personalized nutrition leverages human individuality to drive nutrition strategies that prevent, manage, and treat diseases and optimize health. It can be used to help prevent and reverse chronic illness.
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Michael Stroka, CEO of the ANA, said in the release: “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 more health professionals are untrained in nutrition science and practice. As a unified professional association, the ANA addresses the chronic disease crisis by equipping health professionals with the science and practice of personalized nutrition.”
ANA Board Chair Jeffrey Blumberg, Ph.D., FACN, FASN, CNS-S, added: “We now have a deep body of science underscoring the impact of nutrition as the single most powerful and modifiable determinant of our health. Genetics represents only a very small portion of the risk for chronic disease, while the overwhelming majority of the risk comes from modifiable actions we take every day. And personalized nutrition interventions hold the potentital to have a profound impact.”
Corinne Bush, Board Director of the ANA, also commented: “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. What especially excites me is that we are deeply steeped in science, not tied to a specific ideology. Science is our North Star.”
Scientists, practitioners, stakeholders, students, and anyone passionate about personalized nutrition may join ANA at theana.org.