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Public comments sought on 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines priority topics.
February 18 2017

The U.S.D.A. and H.H.S. are seeking public comments on the proposed priority topics and supporting scientific questions that will guide the development of the upcoming 2020-2025 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

WASHINGTON – The US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) and the US Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Feb. 26 announced a new step in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) development process. For the first time, the departments will seek public comments on the proposed priority topics and supporting scientific questions that will guide the development of the upcoming 2020-2025 edition of the DGA. The public may submit comments through the Federal Register; the comment period will be open from Feb. 28, 2018, to March 30, 2018. The topics, supporting scientific questions, and link to submit public comments will be available at
This new public comment stage at the beginning of the DGA development process was expected to help maintain the integrity of the process and ensure transparency in communicating the topics that meet the priorities of federal nutrition programs. The new approach should allow for more public participation during this multiyear development process, according to the USDA and HHS. It also should improve customer service by being more responsive to stakeholder recommendations and feedback, the agencies said.

“The American taxpayer is an essential customer – indeed, a shareholder,” said Brandon L., acting deputy undersecretary for food, nutrition, and consumer services at the USDA, the administrative lead for the 2020-2025 DGA. “We’re proud to be taking this important step forward toward greater transparency and ensuring that the American public’s voice is heard throughout this process.”

The USDA and HHS are proposing a life stage approach for this edition of the DGA, focusing on priority scientific questions from birth through older adulthood. The 2014 Farm Bill mandated that, starting with the 2020-2025 edition, the DGA provides guidance for women who are pregnant, as well as infants and toddlers from birth to 24 months. In addition to a focus on life stages, the topics and supporting questions for public comment reflect a continued attention on patterns of what we eat and drink as a whole, on average and over time, not on individual foods or food groups.

“We know that good nutrition together with physical activity can help decrease Americans’ risk of developing serious health conditions across the life span,” said Don W., Ph.D., deputy assistant secretary for health at HHS. “The Dietary Guidelines for Americans help support healthy choices at home, school, work, and in the community. That’s why we are encouraging the public and stakeholders in nutrition to submit comments up front to help inform the next edition of the guidelines.”

The 2020-2025 DGA topics that the USDA and HHS proposed are based on four criteria:

Relevance — The topic is within the scope of the DGA and its focus on food-based recommendations, not clinical guidelines for medical treatment.
Importance — The topic has new, relevant data and represents an area of substantial public health concern, uncertainty, and/or knowledge gap.
Potential federal impact — There is a probability that guidance on the topic would inform federal food and nutrition policies and programs.
Avoiding duplication — The topic is not currently addressed through existing evidence-based federal guidance (other than the Dietary Guidelines).
The USDA and HHS will consider all public comments submitted in finalizing the list of topics and supporting questions to be examined in the development of the 2020-2025 DGA.

After finalizing the topics and supporting questions, the USDA and HHS will post a public call for the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee nominations. The areas of expertise needed will be based on the final topics and supporting scientific questions, resulting in a coordinated and efficient scientific review, the agencies said.

Financial Education Benefits Center Promotes a Heart Healthy Lifestyle Through Health and Wellness Benefits
San Ramon, Calif., January 28, 2018

The heart is one of the most important muscles in the body. It keeps the blood pumping, delivering oxygen and nutrients that keep all other organs working. Because heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., it is essential for Americans to address their heart health every day. Financial Education Benefits Center (FEBC), a membership benefits company, offers several health and wellness benefits that help support its members’ heart and overall health.

Several factors contribute to heart health, including blood pressure, cholesterol, smoking habits, diet, and exercise. Those factors are all connected, and doctors often prescribe an overall healthy lifestyle to keep the heart at its healthiest. Especially when it comes to food and fitness, it’s hard to know exactly what we should be doing, but maybe knowing how important it is for heart health and a long life will be enough motivation to find out.

One of the most popular diets for heart health is the Mediterranean diet, which involves olive oil, fish, whole grains, and lots of fruits and veggies. Moreover, the Mediterranean diet pyramid includes a foundation of physical activity and guidance to eat mindfully, savoring the flavors and noticing when full. While this diet may not work for everyone, FEBC members can talk to nutritionists online at any time and get answers about what food changes may benefit their health and wellness.

The other component of a heart-healthy lifestyle is physical activity. Regular exercise will promote healthy weight, lower blood pressure, and healthier cholesterol levels, all of which reduce the risk of heart disease. However, exercise can be difficult for people worried about their heart health. Any new exercise routine should be discussed with a doctor before beginning. FEBC members have access to doctors online or by phone any time of day to discuss fitness or other lifestyle changes.

“A healthy heart is essential for a healthy life,” said Martinez. “At FEBC, our benefits are meant to help our members in all parts of their life. We’re hoping they can get the support they need to live a healthy lifestyle and keep their heart beating strong so they can live a long, fulfilling life with those they love.”

About Financial Education Benefits Center

Financial Education Benefits Center is located in San Ramon, California. The membership company has already helped thousands save money and obtain the necessary education required to live a financially healthy life. Financial Education Benefits Center has partnered with several name brand third-party companies to expand the financial and educational products and services available to its members and to provide a variety of wellness services as well.

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Financial Education Benefits Center2010 Crow Canyon Place Ste. 100San Ramon, CA

Source: Financial Education Benefits Center