Nutrition: An Opportunity to Advance Health Equity
Consuming a balanced diet is key to closing the health disparities gap among minority populations and building health equity. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) called out the need to address health disparities — along with food insecurity, and improving overall diet and physical activity — as critical components to achieving health for all Americans.
The 2015 DGAC also identified calcium, potassium and vitamin D as three of the four nutrients of public health concern. Their under consumption is associated with adverse health outcomes such as obesity and high blood pressure. What’s more, many African and Hispanic Americans avoid milk and dairy products — key contributors of calcium, potassium and vitamin D — because they believe they are lactose intolerant. This “Nutrition: An Opportunity to Advance Health Equity” infographic provides an overview of how better nutrition and yogurt, in particular, can support a preventive approach to building health equity.
Please click here to download the infographic, and I encourage you to share it with other nutrition and health stakeholders to help improve the outcome of those most at risk of nutrition related health disparities.
Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN
One Yogurt Every Day Nutrition Advisor
Owner and President, CBR Nutrition Enterprises
Author, The African American Guide to Living Well with Diabetes and Eating Soulfully and Healthfully with Diabetes
A study recently published in the journal Nutrients examined yogurt and dairy consumption against the backdrop of current public health concerns about childhood obesity. The study found that yogurt and dairy play a key role in closing some nutrient gaps of most concern for youth (potassium, calcium and vitamin D). Yogurt, in particular, was associated with lower total fat and saturated fat intakes. Click here to read the full article.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is conducting a two phased review of the WIC food packages to assess appropriate changes to the program. The prepublication version of the phase one report is expected to be released on or around November 20 and will include dietary and energy intake analysis, food expenditure analysis, and recommendations for food groups that could address nutritional deficits, among other topics. Keep an eye on the IOM web site for the report’s posting.
While we’re on the topic, OYED has created five tasty recipes that feature products that meet the Federal requirements for WIC, including yogurt. Click here and share the recipe cards with anyone interested in cooking with versatile, nutrient-dense yogurt.
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