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AMA Adopts New Public Health Policies at Annual Meeting
Date:6/17/2008

CHICAGO, June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation's largest physician organization, voted today at its Annual Meeting to adopt the following new public health policies.

APPROPRIATE SUPPLEMENTATION OF VITAMIN D: The current Reference Intake Values for Vitamin D were established by the Food and Nutrition Board in 1997. Current research suggests that the Upper Limits for adults is likely overly conservative. Today the AMA called on the FDA to re-examine the current Daily Reference Intake Value for Vitamin D in light of new scientific findings.

"The health benefits of Vitamin D are plentiful, such as strong bones and a reduced risk of breast cancer and cardiovascular disease," said AMA Board Member Steven Stack, M.D. "It's time to take a good look at the current daily recommended level of Vitamin D and ensure that Americans know the appropriate levels so they can reap the full health benefits."

RATING SYSTEM FOR PROCESSED FOODS: Nutritional information can be difficult to understand. This new policy asks for an easier to understand food label that features a simplified, rating system in addition to the current food label.

"Incorporating a simplified rating system to the nutritional label could provide consumers with a better understanding of the product's nutritional value," said AMA Board Member William Dolan, M.D. "A rating system may also encourage manufacturers to increase the nutritional value of food in order to achieve a better rating."

OPPOSITION TO ADDITION OF FLAVORS TO CIGARETTES: In recent years tobacco products have been developed in a variety of flavors including chocolate, vanilla, mint and fruit. Surveys have shown that children are more likely to choose flavored tobacco products. Because these products appear to be specifically marketed toward children, today the AMA spoke out in support of state legislation that would prohibit the sale or distribution of flavored tob
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