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New Dietary Guidelines Announced

New Dietary Guidelines AnnouncedThegovernment’s publication of a new set of dietary guidelinesis accompanied by the push of doctors and nutritionists tryingto encourage people to adhere to them. Boston

Boston [01.25.05] TheDietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 have recently been releasedby the United States government. Updated every five years, theDietary Guidelines aim to provide science-based information topromote health. While they lay out revised recommendations designedto slim the country’s waistline, Tufts experts note thatthe guidelines will only be successful if they are promoted ina manner that makes people realize the need to change their ways.

''It's naiveto think that the dietary guidelines by themselves are going tochange the overweight, obesity problem in the U.S.," EileenKennedy, deanof Tufts’ FriedmanSchool of Nutrition Science and Policy and former deputy undersecretaryof agriculture, told The Boston Globe.

While servingas deputy under secretary and then acting under secretary at theUnited States Department of Agriculture, Kennedy created the “HealthyEating Index,” a validated measure for researchers monitoringnutrition

The government’sguidelines, last updated in 2000, were revised in the face ofa growing obesity problem nationwide.

The new guidelinesclarify recommendations for nutritional and caloric intake, urgelarger helpings of fruits and vegetables and increase suggesteddurations for daily exercise.

The biggestchallenge in rolling out a new set of guidelines is getting Americansto follow them.

"It'sa different animal," AliceH. Lichtenstein, a professor at the Friedman School and directorof the cardiovascularnutrition lab at the JeanMayer USDA Human Nutrition Resource Center on Aging, toldThe Philadelphia Inquirer. "Providing more detailis better, but the proof is in the pudding: how it is translated,communicated and implemented."

Ideal implementation,she says, is tied to making the information hit home for individuals.

“Themessage has to be gotten out there in a way that it really people don't say, 'I've heard this before,' but instead, 'I'vegot to make fundamental changes,'" Lichtenstein, who servedon the 2000 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee,told Newsday.

She expressedoptimism to Newsday that people would pay attention tothe new government guidelines.

"Hopefully,”Lichtenstein said, “this is a wake-up call."







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