American Nutrition Association Proposes Definition for Personalized Nutrition

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Chicago, IL—Leaders of the American Nutrition Association (ANA), a newly established  nonprofit professional association for the science and practice of personalized nutrition, announced that they have published a proposed definition of Personalized Nutrition. The goal: to promote and scale efforts in research, education, clinical practice, and policy.

A press release from the ANA notes that the association recognizes personalized nutrition as core to human health and as key to turning the tide on the chronic disease epidemic.

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 definition was crafted by a group of experts including Corinne Bush, Jeffrey Blumberg, Ahmed El-Sohemy, Deanna Minich, Jóse Ordovás, Dana Reed, and Victoria Yunez Behm. It is presented in Toward the Definition of Personalized Nutrition: A Proposal by the American Nutrition Association, e-published ahead of print in December of 2019 and appearing in print in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition (Vol. 39, 2020 – Issue 1). 

“This represents a leap forward for the field of personalized nutrition,” lead author Corinne Bush said in the release. “Defining the term and its contours is a critical step toward embedding it in the core of the healthcare system.”

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ANA CEO Michael Stroka added, “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.”

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