Academy President on 2015 Dietary Guidelines Release

January 7, 2016

To my fellow Academy members:

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans have been released. You can download the guidelines and supporting materials at http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/.

On behalf of the entire Academy, I want to extend special thanks to the five Academy members who served on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, whose expertise and hard work paved the way for the development of the Dietary Guidelines.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans represent the U.S. government's cornerstone for nutrition policy and education for the next five years. As such, they affect every Academy member, every registered dietitian nutritionist and every dietetic technician, registered.

In addition, the Dietary Guidelines offer each of us an unequalled opportunity to further position ourselves as leaders — translating nutrition science and government recommendations into practical information for consumers and communities alike.

The Academy supported the committee's evidence-based systematic review of the scientific literature, which is vital in assessing the current and emerging state of the science in food and nutrition. We commend HHS and USDA for their commitment to the Nutrition Evidence Library and their ongoing efforts to strengthen the evidence-based approach for assessing the scientific literature for future dietary recommendations.

The Academy has developed a wealth of online resources at eatrightPRO.org to assist you in working with clients, patients, health professional colleagues and the public. Many of these resources are available now, and more will be added in the coming days. They include:

  • Press release containing the Academy's reaction to the release of the Dietary Guidelines
  • Consumer-oriented press release on how individuals and families can apply the Dietary Guidelines to their own individual eating plans
  • Social media opportunities. Please add your authoritative voice to the global conversation on Facebook and on Twitter (#dietaryguidelines).
  • Video
  • Infographic
  • Highlights of news media coverage featuring the Academy's spokespeople discussing the Dietary Guidelines and their implications for people's nutrition and health.

I urge all members: Use this opportunity to highlight your expertise and to reinforce your position as the food and nutrition experts.

Yours in helping everyone eat right,

Dr. Evelyn F. Crayton, RDN, LDN, FAND
Academy President, 2015-2016