We are greatly saddened by the January 6, 2021 violent attack at the United States Capitol. Our sympathy goes out to the families of those who have died. Respect for the democratic process and honoring the vote of the people is the foundation of a functioning democracy. During these unsettling times, it is important to remember the key principles of justice. As a public health nutrition society, we champion the virtue of justice for all.
This is evidenced by the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) mission, which is to advance food and nutrition education research, practice, and policy that promote equity and planetary health. As we deal with the aftermath of the January 6, 2021 events and transition into the Biden administration, we have an opportunity to encourage lawmakers to focus on the difficult work of addressing the damage of the global COVID-19 pandemic, repair the damage of divisive politics, and promote evidence-based approaches to advance the quality of life of all.
The Society’s policy priorities include strong food and nutrition policies that provide a food safety net so everyone has ample nourishing food. We champion effective child nutrition policies. We advocate food and agriculture policies that promote practices that support farmers, help to mitigate climate change, and creates a food supply with nourishing food.
Yet, none of this is possible when we are divided. That is why we will continue to work in solidarity with everyone, particularly Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) so that all voices are raised up and heard.
At SNEB we are ready to roll up our sleeves and continue our dedication to people worldwide being empowered by food and nutrition education to change behaviors, food system, and policies.
In unity, we will realize our vision of public health, planetary health, and social justice for all.