Reviewing the Process for Updating the Dietary Guidelines for Americans – New Report & Webinar Sept. 14

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) provide nutritional and dietary information to promote health and prevent disease.  Reviewed and updated every five years, the guidelines underpin all federal nutrition policies and programs and have been in use for more than 30 years. 

A new congressionally mandated report -- the second and final from a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study -- assesses the process used to develop the DGA and recommends ways to improve it in areas such as transparency, approach to evidence review, the scientific base, and opportunities for engagement by all interested parties.  The report does not review nutrition science or evaluate the content or scientific justification of current or previous editions of the DGA.

The first report of this study, released in February, recommends ways to improve the selection process for the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to provide more transparency, manage bias and conflicts of interest, and include committee members with a range of viewpoints.

DETAILS:

Members of the committee that conducted the study and wrote the report will present their findings and recommendations and answer questions during a public webinar beginning at 11 a.m. EDT on Thursday, Sept. 14.  Please register for the webinar here.

Advance copies of Redesigning the Process for Establishing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 13.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT on Thursday, Sept. 14.  To obtain an embargoed copy of the report, reporters should contact the National Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or email news@nas.edu.  Join the conversation on social media using #DGAreview.