By Shelley Maniscalco, MPH, RD, Nutrition on Demand
It’s that time again—the development of the next Dietary Guidelines for Americans! These guidelines have been established every 5 years, since 1980, and serve as the Federal policy guiding everything from nutrition education to benefits for SNAP and WIC recipients. It is the formal document, intended to be used by policymakers and practitioners alike, to guide the implementation of nutrition programming nationally and locally.
How the Dietary Guidelines are developed
The overall process, led by the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) and HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), is very linear:
What’s new in 2020?
The current edition is an evolution of previous Guidelines, both in process and content, with the aim of making it as rigorous, transparent, and inclusive as possible. Here are just a few examples of what’s different this time:
Building on the 2015 Guidelines, the newest edition will focus on achieving the most healthful dietary patterns, based on food preferences and audience segment. Key topics examined in the 2020 DGAC will include weight management, neurocognitive health, complementary foods in infants, and sarcopenia in older adults.
How retail RDs can get involved
As noted, the Guidelines are intended for a professional audience to utilize in outreach to consumers. Here are some ways retail RDs can engage in the process throughout:
Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee 2020 Meeting Schedule
*opportunity for oral testimony
About the Author: Shelley Maniscalco, MPH, RD leads Nutrition On Demand, a boutique consulting firm located in Washington, DC. Nutrition On Demand specializes in providing strategy and communications support for a variety of organizations, as needed, “on demand”. Our team brings decades of Dietary Guidelines, internal and external to the government and provides monitoring and engagement services for the 2020 Guidelines and beyond. For more information, visit: www.NutritionOnDemand.net.