16 May, 2016    #79

Dietary Guidelines for Health & Life: Introduction

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One of government’s most important responsibilities is to protect the health of its citizens. Today, about half of all American adults (117 million people) have one or more preventable, chronic diseases, many of which are related to inferior eating patterns and insufficient physical activity.

 

Rates of these chronic, diet-related diseases continue to rise, and they come not only with increased health risks, but also at high cost. In 2008, the medical costs linked to obesity in the USA were estimated to be $147 billion. In 2012, the total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes was $245 billion, including $176 billion in direct medical costs and $69 billion in decreased productivity.

 

Trax News is starting a new series of articles related to the Dietary Guidelines (2015 - 2020) published by the US Department of Health & Human Services and the US Department of Agriculture. We have relabeled as Dietary Guidelines for Health & Life in an attempt to educate and provide our readers with alternatives to a lifetime of medications and unending doctor visits.

 

 

We are what we eat, and possibly what we don’t eat!

 

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guideline provides guidance for choosing a healthy diet and focuses on preventing the diet-related chronic diseases that continue to affect populations. Its recommendations are ultimately intended to help individuals improve and maintain overall health and reduce the risk of chronic disease.

 

The Guideline Focus is Disease Prevention, Not Disease Treatment.

 

 

The Guideline also describes significant differences between popular foods Americans currently consume and Dietary Guideline recommendations.  We can adopt healthier eating patterns and make healthy choices in our daily lives while enjoying foods and celebrating cultural and personal traditions.

 

Now more than ever, we recognize the importance of focusing not on individual nutrients or foods in isolation, but on everything we eat and drink (healthy eating patterns as a whole) to bring about lasting improvements in individual and population health.

 

The body of scientific literature, looking at healthy eating patterns and their impact on disease prevention, is far more robust now than ever before. Chronic diet-related diseases continue to rise and levels of physical activity remain low. Progress in reversing these trends will require comprehensive and coordinated strategies, and the Dietary Guidelines is an important part of a complex and multifaceted solution to promote health and help to reduce the risk of chronic disease.

 

The Dietary Guidelines translates science into succinct, food-based guidance that can be relied upon to help Americans, and other populations, choose a healthy eating pattern and enjoyable diet.

 

Over the coming summer months, Trax News will summarize the key points of the Dietary Guidelines.  Even if you are a citizen of another country, the information will still apply since international food corporations influence what and how we eat!

 

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Mike Kohut, President, DDMS

 

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