October 29, 2015


How to Make the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Actionable for Americans

Dear Subscriber,

With the release of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) nearly upon us, conversations about making the guidelines actionable for consumers could not be more timely or more important. That’s why I joined fellow 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) member Alice Lichtenstein, D.Sc of Tufts University, and 2005 DGAC member Yvonne Bronner, ScD* of Morgan State University, for the panel discussion “How to Make the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Actionable for Americans” earlier this month at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics .

Organized by and moderated by Robert Murray, MD, FAAP* of Ohio State, the session first shed knowledge on the process behind the DGAC and then addressed a host of topics, all aimed at uncovering ways to increase consumer understanding and adoption of the recommendations presented in the scientific report. Highlights of our discussion follow. I hope you will read them with interest, and I look forward to continuing this important dialogue on how we can improve the health of all Americans through nutrition policy.


Marian L. Neuhouser, PhD, RD
Cancer Prevention Program
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Highlights from “Collaboration and Engagement: How to Make the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Actionable for Americans” Panel Discussion at FNCE 2015

  • To improve diet quality, an approach that emphasizes dietary patterns and whole foods is needed. This approach is grounded in scientific evidence and helps consumers build healthy patterns.
  • The 2015 DGAC conducted a careful review of nutrient intakes of special populations including low income, African American, Hispanic and pregnant women. To increase the availability of data on special populations, the committee also recommended that future NHANES research offers the survey in more languages, recruit more minorities for participation in the survey and that it break out further the diverse dietary intakes within Hispanic and Asian populations.
  • Improvements to the food environment that address availability, accessibility and affordability will be fundamental to helping consumers make healthier food choices.
  • Related to the food environment, dietary guidance must take into account the growing consumer tendency toward eating away-from-home.
  • Nutrient density, added sugar and the opportunity for industry to support consumer adoption of the guidelines were also touched on in the discussion.
  • *2015 One Yogurt Every Day Nutrition Advisor

    One Yogurt Every Day Nutrition Advisors
    Yvonne Bronner, ScD
    Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN
    Robert Murray, MD

News and Updates

As a complement to our main story on the DGAs, we’re re-sharing the from the Ohio State University Food Innovation Center’s May 2015 . The summit convened nationally recognized experts in the fields of nutrition, health and public policy to elevate the importance of implementing Dietary Guidelines that feature relevant, practical and actionable nutrition guidance for diverse consumers across the nation.

Everyday Health recently surveyed consumers and health professionals on behalf of Dannon to find out why they eat, or recommend eating, yogurt. Will their answers surprise you? to find out!

: OYED Nutrition Advisor Dr. Robert Murray presented at this year’s on dairy and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. to view his presentation for insights on the importance of nutrient dense foods – including yogurt – in building healthy dietary patterns.

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