This week, we are excited to hear unique perspectives from some of the nation’s leaders in public health, federal nutrition policy and the food industry at an inaugural summit to discuss the upcoming 2015 Dietary Guidelines. Experts from regulatory, academic and industry backgrounds will gather at The Ohio State University’s Food Innovation Center Summit on November 20th for The New Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Preparing for the 2015 Release to explore the current American diet and the implications of the nation’s foremost nutrition policy document.
This conversation provides an excellent opportunity for a briefing on the need and intended purpose of dietary guidelines and for engagement in strategic thinking about how dietary guidelines affect food and health. The summit comes at a critical moment in time, considering the increased national awareness of the role food plays in the health and wellness of our nation, with communities looking for solutions to problems such as childhood obesity and chronic diseases.
To view the full agenda and list of speakers, please visit the summit’s website. The Dannon Company is proud to serve as a founding sponsor of this event, as it directly aligns with our commitment to nutrition and our mission to bring health through food to as many people as possible.
I am also honored to serve as a panelist, where I will join colleagues to discuss how we can work together to adopt the guidelines and help translate them into informed actions for all Americans. I look forward to sharing insights about both the challenges and real opportunities to help guide Americans to make healthier choices.
If you are not able to join us in person for Thursday’s event, there are a number of ways to tune in remotely. Be sure to join the conversation on Twitter by following @YogurtEveryDay and the #DGAsummit hashtag for coverage throughout the event. There will also be a live webcast available on the DGA Summit’s registration page.
Following the release of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s scientific recommendations, The Ohio State University’s Food Innovation Center will convene a second summit in Washington, DC to inform and raise awareness of the importance of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines as they are being jointly reviewed by HHS and USDA. The final policy guidance is expected to be published at the end of 2016 and we believe it takes all of us working together to help make America healthier. I look forward to seeing you at The Ohio State University’s Food Innovation Center Dietary Guidelines Summit.
Philippe Caradec Vice President, Corporate Affairs, The Dannon Company, Inc. One Yogurt Every Day
One Yogurt Every Day Nutrition Advisor Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN, will participate in a poster session describing how nutrition policy can serve as our best opportunity to reduce health disparities, including obesity, diabetes and heart disease, which disproportionately impact African Americans and other minorities. Improving dietary intake of nutrients of concern, such as calcium, potassium and vitamin D that can be found in low-fat yogurt, may help support health for populations that sometimes avoid dairy due to concerns of lactose intolerance. Constance encourages support of nutrition policy that helps foster individuals’ healthy choices with attention to minority health disparities.
Yvonne Bronner, ScD, talks nutrition education at AAFP Assembly
Last month, One Yogurt Every Day Nutrition Advisor, Yvonne Bronner, ScD spoke at the American Academy of Family Physicians Assembly on yogurt’s role in primary care. In her presentation, Yvonne discussed how many Americans are not reaching the recommended dairy intake per day, which leads to a lack of key nutrients such as potassium, calcium and vitamin D. These gaps in our diets may contribute to poor bone health, sarcopenia and insufficient prenatal development.
One of these choices should be to meet dairy consumption and other vital nutrient intake goals through items such as low-fat yogurt, milk and cheese, which provide high quality protein, calcium and other nutrients that are vital to a well-rounded, healthy diet.