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The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on Friday emphasized the need for the group to institute “population behavior change” in order to engineer healthier Americans.DGAC Chair Barbara Millen said the upcoming report would serve as the “foundation for public policy and food nutrition, physical activity, and health-related areas.” The group will release new recommendations for federal food policy in the 2015 report.Millen said the “potential is vast” for their recommendations, which deal with everything from “sustainability” in the food supply to “carbon footprints,” food deserts, alcohol consumption, and obesity “interventions.”“From our food programs, WIC [Women, Infants, and Children], SNAP, and so forth, and the services that are under the jurisdiction of Health and Human Services, including the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. health care system, as well as the public health system, the potential impact of the policy recommendations that emanate from our report are considerable,” she said.“We have an overweight and obesity epidemic,” she said.As a result of this “epidemic,” the committee is focusing on ways to change Americans’ eating habits.While discussing attempts to “[reduce] population disease burden,” Millen displayed a slide that offered some insight into what the committee will recommend. Included in the list were: “moderate alcohol use,” “improve diet and physical activity patterns,” and “individualize lifestyle interventions.”
“carbon footprints, food deserts ..."
Included in the list were: “moderate alcohol use,” “improve diet and physical activity patterns,” and “individualize lifestyle interventions.”