USDA and HHS have added a new step in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans development process. For the first time, the Departments will seek public comments on the proposed topics and supporting scientific questions that will be considered during the development of the upcoming 2020-2025 edition.
August is National Breastfeeding Month, and this year’s theme is Charting the Course Together. The focus is on using data to connect breastfeeding to a range of other health topics. An important health topic is the role that breastfeeding plays in infant and child health outcomes. Systematic reviews that highlight some of these key outcomes will be available in 2018.
Today’s consumers recognize healthy eating as an important lifestyle behavior. In fact, 75 percent of consumers know it’s important to lead a healthy, balanced lifestyle and over three-fourths recognize that consuming healthy, nutritious foods are important factors in maintaining that lifestyle. At the American Heart Association (AHA) we are making healthy changes a priority in our workplace, where many adults spend much of their day. AHA’s path to 100% healthy has helped cultivate social norms and encourage employees’ healthy habits, while exceeding financial expectations.

Building a healthy eating pattern has major health benefits. It can help people reach or stay at a healthy body weight, get the nutrients they need, and lower the risk of serious health problems — like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancers. But, as you probably already know, patients may not know how to get started with incorporating healthy food choices into their everyday routines.…

Last year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a new Nutrition Facts label loaded with information designed to help people make healthier food and beverage choices. As the updated Nutrition Facts labels begin appearing in the marketplace, your patients and clients could use your help in learning how to understand and use it to improve their food and beverage choices.
There is confusion among many Americans, particularly women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and parents and caregivers of young children, regarding seafood consumption. You can help to clear up confusion and encourage patients and clients—particularly women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and parents and caregivers of young children—to include seafood as part of an overall healthy eating pattern.