Nutrition-Bites-Basics-of-the-Dietary-Guidelines-for-Americans-2015

Nutrition Bites: Basics of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015

Every five years, the Department of Health and Human Services teams up with the United States Department of Agriculture to update the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). Currently, this process is coming to a close and a final report is to be published by the end of 2015. Here are the basics so far:

What is The Dietary Guidelines for Americans?
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) is a set of guidelines to promote a healthful diet, healthy weight, and prevent chronic diseases in the American population. It is aimed at individuals 2 years and up, and considers those with chronic diseases.

How are the Guidelines used?
The Guidelines are used by various government agencies including Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP); The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infant, and Children (WIC); the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); and various other governmental agencies. The Guidelines provide the basis for federally funded food and nutrition policy and education and are also used by healthcare professionals.

How are the guidelines developed?
The Department of Health and Human Services and the United States Department of Agriculture form a committee of nutrition and health experts. The committee represents different ethnicities, ages, gender, and regions of the country. This committee reviews current scientific and medical evidence to determine recommendations. A report is written and the public is allowed to review and comment on the proposed recommendations. The Guidelines can be reviewed and comments can be made at health.gov until May 8, 2015. After taking into consideration public comment, the Guidelines are developed and submitted for scientific and policy review. Finally, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans Document is released.

What are some notable changes can we expect from the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans?
Currently, the proposed 2015 Guidelines focus more on population health, with specific emphasis on socioecological determinants of health. This focus highlights the importance of the built environment, public policies, and creating a social change for health. There is also an added emphasis on the health effects of added sugar, and a push to decrease soda consumption. Additionally, dietary cholesterol is no longer thought to have a large effect on health.

For more information, visit http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015.asp#overview

By Kelsey Shanklin, MS, RD

(Nutrition Bites is a new feature that will appear regularly in the Tulane PRC’s e-newsletters and will cover nutrition and health tips from Kelsey Shanklin, MS, RD. If you have any suggestions for Nutrition Bites topics, please contact Naomi Englar at nking2@tulane.edu or 504-988-7410.)

(Photo courtesy of health.gov.)

Topics:   policy , diet , food environment , snap , wic , obesity , childhood obesity , community health

Other Related Posts

Message-from-the-Director

Message from the Director

Education & Engagement

Published: June 11, 2019

Our Movin for LIFE Guide to Community Health is ready! This Guide will be very helpful for residents interested in enhancing the health of the neighborhoods in which they live. The Guide is based on the Movin’ for LIFE activities over the last five years and contains information about community-wide health promotion activities, focus groups, community assessment and community engagement. This Guide is not to be missed. Better yet – come to our Make Your…

Read More

NOLA-LEADS-Publishes-Article-on-Community-Leadership-Trainings

NOLA LEADS Publishes Article on Community Leadership Trainings

Education & Engagement

Published: June 11, 2019

In an effort to increase community participation in civic and political activities to address health and promote health equity, Tulane Prevention Research Center faculty and Community Advisory Board partnered with Tulane School of Medicine to develop NOLA LEADS (Leadership Education and Action on Health Disparities). This program was designed to educate lay New Orleans community residents about improving community conditions and build leadership skills through addressing social determinants of health. The program’s curriculum built upon…

Read More

Movin-for-LIFE-Guide-to-Community-Health-Makes-Its-Debut

Movin’ for LIFE Guide to Community Health Makes Its Debut

Education & Engagement

Published: June 11, 2019

Over the past year, Tulane PRC faculty, staff, and community partners have worked together to write the Movin’ for LIFE Guide to Community Health. This Guide encourages the dissemination and replication of community-wide health promotion activities developed for Movin’ for LIFE, a community-based prevention/intervention and research program implemented initially in the 9th Ward of New Orleans. During the span of Movin’ for LIFE, a variety of physical activity activities were conducted, from Yoga for LIFE,…

Read More

Active-Steps-Keeping-Up-with-the-Summer-Slim-Down-on-the-Go

Active Steps: Keeping Up with the Summer Slim Down on the Go

Education & Engagement

Published: June 11, 2019

Summer is here and everyone is many are working towards their summer body physical activity goals. It can be a daunting task but with these easy tips and the right mindset, anything is achievable. You may find yourself with challenges, whether that’s staying active on a family trip you are trying to keep your fitness goals on track while traveling for business. Studies have shown that 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) each week…

Read More

Nutrition-Bites-Smart-Snacks-for-Crazy-Car-Trips

Nutrition Bites: Smart Snacks for Crazy Car Trips

Education & Engagement

Published: June 11, 2019

Car trips with the family can be stressful to begin with – not only on the mind, but on the body as well! With these simple tips, we hope to help take the guess work out of choosing smart snacks and drinks for on-the-go. In the Cooler: Fruit: Fruit can be easy on the go snacks because they typically require little preparation. Apples, bananas, oranges, berries, grapes, and pears are all great on the go…

Read More

Message-from-the-Director

Message from the Director

Education & Engagement

Published: March 18, 2019

As I am sure most of our readers know by now, the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) will not be funded for another five years. This is very sad news for all of us here at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, but I am sure it is just as saddening for those of you who have worked with us and partnered with us for the past 20 years. Yes, the PRC has…

Read More

Health-Racism-and-Communication-Seminar-Series

Health, Racism, and Communication Seminar Series

Education & Engagement

Published: March 18, 2019

Starting this month, Tulane PRC will co-host the Spring 2019 Health, Racism, and Communication Seminar Series in collaboration with The Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (CEMCH) and The Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Women’s Community Health Education Center (MAC).  This seminar series works to educate attendees about communicating the influence of racism on health. 
 On Tuesday, March 19, Nicole Deggins, CNM, MSN, MPH, Founder and Director of Sista Midwife Productions will address Social…

Read More

Associations-Between-Neighborhood-Park-Quality-and-Usage-Findings-from-a-Tulane-PRC-Study-

Associations Between Neighborhood Park Quality and Usage: Findings from a Tulane PRC Study

Education & Engagement

Published: March 18, 2019

In efforts to better understand factors that may impact physical activity levels of people in their neighborhoods, a study was done through the PRC to evaluate park quality and usage in lower income African American neighborhoods in New Orleans.   Based on prior research, neighborhoods have been classified as an important social determinant of health. “Neighborhood environments can play a role in one’s decision to engage in physical activity. Prior research has shown that lower…

Read More

Community-Partners-Update

Community Partners Update

Education & Engagement

Published: March 18, 2019

Bunny Friend Neighborhood Association (February 16th, 2019) On February 16th, the Bunny Friend Neighborhood Association hosted a green infrastructure workshop in partnership with Water Wise Gulf South at St. Mary of the Angel’s Church. The Green Infrastructure 101 Water Wise Workshop taught community members “do-it-yourself” solutions to reduce flooding while leaving the neighborhood looking beautiful. The event provided refreshments and raffle prizes, including rain barrels and a home assessment for Upper 9th Ward residents. Infrastructure…

Read More

Legislative-Update

Legislative Update

Education & Engagement

Published: March 18, 2019

New Orleans Food Policy Committee is very pleased with the changes recommended by the City Planning Commissions Small Box Store Study. The recommended changes make it much more accessible for residents to access fresh food while also giving food businesses and farmers an economic boost. For more information or to read through the report, check out the City Planning Commissions website or click here While the entire document is very interesting, the recommendations begin on…

Read More

canary