Rep. Adams Reintroduces the LIVE Well Act
Washington, DC – Today, during Mental Health Month, Congresswoman Alma S. Adams (NC-12) reintroduced the Long-term InVestment in Education for Wellness (LIVE Well) Act. The LIVE Well Act allows U.S. Department of Agriculture school and community-based nutrition education programs to allow the inclusion of eating disorder prevention curriculum and screenings.
Eating disorders affect 30 million Americans, and studies suggest that one in 20 people will struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lifetime. Federal nutrition education programs provide incredibly important support for healthy-eating and lifestyle choices for families in North Carolina and across the country. Including eating disorder prevention as an option for programming will provide greater opportunities for Americans participating in the programs to receive evidence-based and long-term health focused interventions.
“In my home state of North Carolina, nearly 328,000 people suffer from eating disorders. Tragically, eating disorders have one of the highest mortality rates of any mental health diagnosis, which is why it is vitally important we shed more light on the need for greater prevention efforts,” said Congresswoman Adams. “Allowing the inclusion of eating disorder prevention within the framework for federal nutrition education will promote even greater health and well-being for Americans in the programs who are affected by eating disorders.”