Health and Well-being

Our Voice of The Food Industry blog offers commentary from FMI subject matter experts on timely and important topics to the food industry.
  • Hosting a Profound Thanksgiving

    Nov 24, 2021
    Thanksgiving Day asks us to examine the events in our lives and scrutinize them in a light of gratitude. It gives us an opportunity to recognize that even the tough stuff of life like pandemics, when faced with courage and hope, provide ...
  • The Boost We Need to Be a Better Version of Ourselves

    Nov 16, 2021
    Almost one-third of Americans saw our National Family Meals Month messaging either in store, through social media, on package, in print or on television. Of those who saw it, nine out ten reported that the messaging impacted how they shopped or what ...
  • Food as Medicine Program Evaluation Guide– Time to Connect the Dots

    Nov 5, 2021
    Over the course of the past year, together with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy), FMI has been methodically introducing the concept of Food as Medicine, explaining the program models specific to the food retail setting, identifying ...
  • National Seafood Month: A Great Time to Catch a Family Meal

    Oct 25, 2021
    October for many means pumpkins, costumes and scary movies. Growing up, for my family October also meant the start of stone crab season. The sweet crab claws remain a favorite family meal in my household and are just one way we regularly take part ...
  • Gathering Around the USDA MyPlate Table for Family Meals

    Oct 14, 2021
    Picture a grand table beautifully set for a wonderful family meal. All food groups are represented with dishes from across the country full of nutrients, culture, tradition and deliciousness. An open invitation to gather around this family meal ...
  • A Shot in the Arm: Food Retail and Vaccine Booster Eligibility

    Oct 6, 2021
    Food industry workers have been a vital component of ensuring Americans have access to safe, nutritious and affordable food as well as other consumer products that have been indispensable to pandemic response. Fortunately, the federal government has ...
  • Family Meals: The Diamonds and Pearls of Life

    Sep 30, 2021
    We may recognize the value and benefit of such behaviors but committing ourselves to them each day is far more difficult. Family meals fall into that category of valuable things that require tenacity and long-standing ...
  • The Food as Medicine Opportunity at Food Retail

    Sep 28, 2021
    With an ever-increasing interest in health and well-being, the topic of “Food as Medicine” has been a priority for many in the food industry for the past few years. The driving question: How can we best utilize the retail setting to help consumers ...
  • Adding Heart to Family Meal Incentives

    Sep 8, 2021
    National Family Meals Month™ is here, and from the looks of it, it’s better than ever! FMI is very excited this year to be working with the American Heart Association in jointly encouraging family meals for the well-being of the mind, heart and body....
  • Shopper Family Meal Inspiration: Don’t Skip the Canned Bean Aisle

    Aug 26, 2021
    As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) I love good food and enjoy a balanced approach to nourishment around the family meal table. Quite often I find that people think RDNs only eat foods that are “healthy” therefore they must not taste great ...
  • Meal Planning and Cooking Got You Down? Food Retailers to the Rescue!

    Aug 19, 2021
    We both love family meals. For Kelli, family meals were a tradition growing up and she is committed to making family meals happen every day. Krystal also credits her commitment to family tradition and has both a personal and professional passion for ...
  • Witnessing the Rise in Retailer Contributions to Health and Well-being

    Jul 28, 2021
    This year’s Retailer Contributions to Health and Well-being report tells the story behind the dramatic increase in food retail health and well-being initiatives over the past two years. In parallel, I can tell my own story as I witnessed firsthand ...
  • Plant-Based: Practical, Personal and Popular

    Jul 7, 2021
    Our recent U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2021 report indicates that 48% of people claim to follow at least one dietary approach to eating for better health with plant-based among the most popular (10%)...
  • Charting a Path Forward for the Food Industry

    Jun 24, 2021
    As the food industry takes the important initial steps of learning from, building on, and moving beyond the novel challenges and circumstances COVID-19 has presented, FMI believes it is crucial that trading partners undertake a candid sharing of ...
  • The Power of Health and Well-being… More Powerful Than Ever

    Jun 18, 2021
    This year’s Power of Health and Well-being in the Food Industry 2021 report provides a roadmap to the new health and well-being landscape from the food industry perspective, sharing insights on everything from consumer trends to transparency ...