Clinicians and medical students can be powerful advocates for building healthier and more sustainable food systems for individual, community and planetary health. This session will explore examples of local clinician leaders right here in Nashville who are digging in to nourish and support their communities’ health.
A Nashville physician and farmer on sabbatical, will share her journey and key strategies for integrating her professional endeavors with her love for and belief in the power of food to heal people, communities and landscapes. She will discuss how she integrates healthy eating (and cooking) education into her clinical practice; uses her expertise and relationships in the farming community to support healthy food access programs and sustainable agriculture organizations; and mentors other clinicians and medical students.
A team of researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center will present a project they developed in 2017, the “Growing Good Health” Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription program, which provides subsidized CSA shares to Vanderbilt employees. A growing body of evidence links today’s industrial food system to detrimental impacts on human health and the environment (Lockeretz, 2007). Inspired by data suggesting that CSA membership correlates to increased fresh produce consumption and positively affected food purchasing behaviors (Rossi et al., 2017), organizers partnered with six small farms in Nashville to provide employees with access to sustainably grown produce. The team will discuss key strategies for evaluating the impact of an employer-based CSA program on individual health and on the environment.