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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.

ADA recommends ten-year intervals instead the current five-year time frame, which is consistent with the issuance of other public health guidance. According to Geiger, ten-year intervals would "strengthen the research basis, implementation and communication, and the impact and evaluation of the Dietary Guidelines."

"With fewer than 5 percent of Americans consuming diets consistent with the most recent Dietary Guidelines, ADA believes consideration should be given to factors that influence what people eat and barriers to adoption of healthful diets by consumers," Geiger said.

The American Dietetic Association is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the American Dietetic Association at www.eatright.org.


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