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International Standards & Practice Guidelines (IS&Gs)

  1. Nutrition topics
  2. Nutrition programs
    Vitamin and Mineral Nutrition Information System (VMNIS)
  3. Diet topics
  4. Nutrition disorders topics
  5. Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health Programs
  6. e-Library of Evidence for Nutrition Actions (eLENA) Programs
  7. Interventions on Diet and Physical Activity: What Works BPGHM Note: This WHO document also gives church-based programs “Effective” (highest possible) evidence-based rating (page 25).
  8. Livestock’s long shadow
  9. Healthy diet Fact Sheet

Missions Specific Best Practices Documents

(Demonstrate Compliance with International Standards & Guidelines)

A. Christian Missionary “Founders of Modern Nutrition.”
BPGHM Note: Above IS&Gs promoting a whole-food plant-based diet originated with the work of Christian missionaries in Africa. Trowell and Burkitt also worked with the WHO and are recognized “Founders of Modern Nutrition.” (Also demonstrates that we “senders & goers” still have much to learn from our “host” country colleagues.4
Dr Hugh Trowell (Click lower left for pages re Dr Trowell–See p14 for influence on Nathan Pritikin and US nutrition.)
Dr Denis Burkitt–McDougall interview
Denis Parsons Burkitt FRS–The McCarrison Society
Dr Burkitts F-word (Fiber) Diet  Secular video. Historically correct, evidence-based, and health promoting, though somewhat irreverent sense of humor.
—“it was the work of Burkitt and others in Africa that led to the disease reversal work of pioneers like Nathan Pritikin (Engineering a Cure).”

B. Christian Vegetarian Association
Joyful, Compassionate Eating-Honoring God’s Creation. Open Access in 10 languages

C. Loma Linda University
BPGHM Note: Some of the most important research contributing to IS&Gs on nutrition, lifestyle and NCDs have come from the following:
Adventist Health Studies

D. William Carey International Development Journal (Click full screen icon & scroll down to page number)
Phyto-Bioactive Food Pyramid©: A Healthy Dietary Plan for Preventing Certain Common Cancers p10–No references to IS&Gs but appears to demonstrate compliance.

A. American Dental Association Advocacy Diet & Nutrition–No references to IS&Gs but appears to demonstrate compliance. See especially:
Dietary Guidelines Coalition Letter re “Moderate“ Evidence 2015

B. Global Health: Science & Practice-Dedicated to What Works In Global Health Programs. (Johns Hopkins University & USAID collaboration) Topics  Numerous excellent reports, all open access:

C. International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention website   Numerous excellent reports, all open access. WHO IS&Gs not always cited, but definitely in compliance with WHO’s Declarations of Alma Ata and Astana re primary importance of Health Promotion & Disease Prevention.

D. The Lancet Global Health Series See especially:
Breastfeeding 2016
Maternal and Child Nutrition  2013

Updated: Mar 2020