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Act Now to Comment on New Dietary Guidelines

Act Now to Comment on New Dietary Guidelines for Americans!

Communities and advocates have worked tirelessly to inform the new recommendations for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which inform federal food and nutrition policies that influence children’s opportunities to access good food and safe drinking water every day.
 
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), the scientific body that advises the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in updating the guidelines, offers many provisions that will help reduce the health disparity gaps in low-income and communities of color, including Native American communities. There are also two new recommendations that would significantly shape our children’s understanding of what constitutes good food and their overall health and well-being:
 

  • The inclusion of sustainable agriculture for plant and animal-based food production; and
  • The establishment of healthy food environments that make water a preferred beverage choice and readily available in school, childcare and other public settings.

The public is encouraged to submit written comments to the federal government, but there is a critical window of time – before May 8, 2015 – to provide comments on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. To provide comments on behalf of yourself, your organization or your community, visit http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2015/comments/

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation — which is a longtime and significant supporter of First Nations Development Institute’s Native agriculture, food, nutrition and health work — has issued a statement of support, a fact sheet, and an engagement toolkit of ideas for showing your support of the committee’s recommendations.
 
Also, if you have a Twitter account, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will host a “Twitter Storm” on Thursday, April 30, 2015, from 7 to 7:15 p.m. Eastern Time. A Twitter Storm is a sudden spike in conversation on Twitter around a specific topic. The more tweets, the better. Please note, each tweet should contain this hashtag: #DGA2015. Check out the toolkit for sample tweets and promote the Twitter Storm on your networks!