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American Dietetic Association Calls for Accountability in Dietary Guidelines for Americans to Make Them More Effective
Date:1/29/2009

CHICAGO, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Dietetic Association, the nation's largest association of food and nutrition professionals, is calling for procedural revisions in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to make the government's most authoritative source of advice on good dietary habits more effective in helping Americans achieve better health. The Dietary Guidelines also serve as the basis for federal food and nutrition education programs.

"Issuing the Dietary Guidelines every five years does not provide adequate time to conduct and review emerging nutrition research, nor does it provide enough time to effectively roll out and communicate key information about the Guidelines to consumers," said registered dietitian Constance Geiger, a member of ADA's Board of Directors.

Five members of the American Dietetic Association, including three registered dietitians, are among 13 nutrition and health science authorities named by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services to the Dietary Guidelines 2010 Advisory Committee. Following a review of current scientific literature, listening to and receiving public comment and deliberating in open forums, the committee will prepare an advisory report that will be used in creating the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, which were last revised in 2005.

Geiger is scheduled to speak Thursday, January 29, on ADA's behalf at a meeting of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee in Washington, D.C. She will urge that federal nutrition recommendations focus on food-based recommendations and meal patterns.

Geiger called for dietary recommendations that provide guidance on the types and amounts of foods people should consume, and for greater reliance on consumer research along with scientific diet and nutrition studies.

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