Academy Founding Member of Food4Health Alliance

03/24/2020 - With research as its foundation, nutrition and dietetics is a science-based profession. The Academy uses a systematic process to create, review and evaluate evidence and to demonstrate its value using research outcomes. It is critical to thoroughly review and understand this science to provide accurate policy recommendations.

As part of its commitment to science-based policy recommendations, the Academy recently cofounded the Food4Health Alliance. The coalition is comprised of organizations dedicated to ensuring the next version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans continues to provide science-based recommendations that address the needs of all Americans, including the more than 60% of Americans with one or more chronic diseases. The Academy teamed up with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American Diabetes Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, Obesity Action Coalition and more to establish the network dedicated to addressing the nation's growing rates of chronic illness through science-based policy.

Registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy President Terri J. Raymond, MA, RD, CDN, FAND, was quoted in the alliance's press release announcing the establishment of the group: "The Dietary Guidelines for Americans have an enormous impact on the American diet. These recommendations dictate the standards for federal food and nutrition policies impacting all Americans and inform health professionals' dietary advice for consumers. The next iteration of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans must be strong, rooted in science and account for the full scope of individuals' nutrition and health needs."

Ten Academy members serve on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Expert Advisory Panel. The committee is in the process of reviewing scientific evidence on topics and questions identified by the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services to create a report, which will be used, along with public and agency comments, to help in the development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.