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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 (WFPB) 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)
Dr Hugh Trowell (Click lower left for pages re Dr Trowell–See p14 for influence on Nathan Pritikin and US nutrition)
Denis Burkitt and the origins of the dietary fibre hypothesis Cambridge University Press -Now known as whole-food plant-based (WFPB) diet and credited with originating the treatment “for the prevention of the major diseases of western culture.”
Dr (later also ordained) Hugh Trowell is also credited with developing the very concept of “Non-Communicable Disease” (page 8)
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
——Adapted from the above document: Five Blessings of Plant-Based Eating (Numerous additional UN, WHO and CDC references)

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. Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance (LMGA) International Board of Lifestyle Medicine (IBLM) American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM)  for whole-food plant-based (WFPB) nutrition see:
American College of Lifestyle Medicine  “Six Pillars: Nutrition,” “Adult WFPB Plate” and  “Child/Tween/Teen WFPB Plate”

B. American Medical Association
Don’t get stumped when patients ask for nutrition advice Re American Medical Association / Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology Partnership. See especially:
Resources for the Public
Resources for Health Professionals

C. 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

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

E. 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.

F. The Lancet Global Health Series See especially:
Open letter urges WHO to take action on industrial animal farming (“Three Slow Motion Disasters” & “The Tipping Point”) 2017
Breastfeeding 2016
Maternal and Child Nutrition  2013

Updated: Apr 2020