Food Fix Campaign

A prescription for fixing America’s chronic disease epidemic

The Chronic Disease Epidemic is the number one cause of death and disability in America, making it the most pressing public health challenge of the decade.

The Chronic Disease Epidemic Affects 6 in 10 Americans

The root cause? The food we eat and our broken food system.
The cost? In the trillions annually, harming our health, our economy, our global competitiveness, our national security, and our environment.

It harms <br/>our health

It harms
our health

Our poor diet is a leading factor in numerous chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and certain cancers. It is also harming our children’s minds and bodies and is driving the national obesity epidemic.

It harms <br/>our economy

It harms
our economy

90% of the nation’s $3.5 trillion in annual health care expenditures are for people with chronic and mental health conditions - according to the CDC

It harms <br/>our future

It harms
our future

In addition to making us sick, it is compromising our workplace and global competitiveness, weakening our national security, hastening the insolvency of Medicaid and Medicare, contributing to an insecure food supply, and destroying the environment.

These multiple problems have one cure

Fixing the food system

FOOD FIX COVER

That’s why Dr. Mark Hyman of the Cleveland Clinic and other leading experts are joining forces to shine the light on this problem.

Inspired by the bestselling book, Food Fix, they will educate policymakers in Washington about the role our nation’s food system and outdated government policies play in causing this epidemic.

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Did You Know

#1 killer

The Chronic Disease Epidemic is the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S.

34 Teaspoons

Amount of sugar the average 14 to 18 year-old male in American consumes daily from processed food products and drinks. 25 teaspoons for the average 14 to 18 year-old female.

100 Million

More than 100 Million Americans are afflicted with either diabetes or prediabetes

800% Increase in obesity

Obesity rates increased from 5% in 1960 to nearly 40% today (an 8-fold increase)

300%

The estimated growth of Medicare spending from 2010 to 2030, up from $450 billion to $1.3 trillion.

We have been conditioned to think that chronic disease is an unfortunate part of life - in fact it has a cause. It is both curable and preventable in many cases.

- Dr. Mark Hyman

Our prescription for change

We must modernize our nation’s broken food system by treating food as medicine, reforming outdated government policies, and promoting regenerative agriculture.
Treat Food as Medicine
Treat Food as Medicine

Treat Food as Medicine

Create a national food policy designed to prevent and treat chronic disease, improve long-term wellness, promote healthy lifestyles, and embed preventative medicine as the guiding principles for combatting disease through proper nutrition.
Reform Government Programs
Reform Government Programs

Reform Government Programs

Current government programs enable the preventable chronic disease epidemic. The Food Fix Campaign intends to educate the public about the need to refocus government spending from treating sickness to prevention and help establish powerful incentives for the use of clinically advanced solutions in Medicare, Medicaid, and SNAP. Resulting savings are directed to investments in expanded access to healthy food, improved clinical outcomes, and nutrition-disease relationship research.
Promote Regenerative Agriculture
Promote Regenerative Agriculture

Promote Regenerative Agriculture

Long-standing farm practices have done much to address world hunger but have also unintentionally contributed to the preventable chronic disease epidemic, the depletion of food nutrients, record levels of farm bankruptcies, and a variety of environmental impacts. Modernization of America’s farming practices and improved supports for our farmers is a priority.

Factoids

100 Million+
Americans are afflicted with diabetes or prediabetes [Source: CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/​media/releases/2017/p0718-diabetes-report.html]
34 Teaspoons
Amount of sugar the average American child consumes every day (https://epi.grants.cancer.gov/diet/usualintakes/national-data-usual-dietary-intakes-2001-to-2004.pdf)
1-in-6
American children suffer from neurodevelopmental disorders [Source: EPA – https://www.epa.gov/​sites/production/files/2015-10/documents/​ace3_neurodevelopmental.pdf]
$3.5 Trillion
Annual cost to the U.S. imposed by its chronic disease epidemic [Source: CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/​chronicdisease/about/index.htm]
More than 50%
Share of all U.S. adults projected to be obese by 2030 [Source: NEJM – https://www.nejm.org/​doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa1909301]
300% Increase
The growth of Medicare spending, from $450 billion in 2010 to $1.3 trillion by 2030 [Source: Kaiser Family Foundation – https://www.kff.org/medicare/issue-​brief/the-facts-on-medicare-spending-and-financing/]