Archive for February, 2011
Consumers need to know the food they purchase is safe and wholesome. And you can tell them with complete confidence that milk and milk products are among the safest and highest quality foods in the U.S. That is due in large part to the strict food safety controls and vigilance at every stage of dairy production, processing, and distribution—from the farm to the consumer.
The American Dietetic Association Foundation (ADAF) released a study last month, “The State of Family and Nutrition and Physical Activity: Are We Making Progress?”, that examines survey data on how children’s eating habits have changed since 2003 when ADAF originally ran the study. The results back up what many health and nutrition professionals have been saying for a while: children and their parents are ready to make healthier decisions, but they have a long way to go in order to create healthier lifestyles for themselves. The good news is health and nutrition professionals are poised to help families understand what steps they need to take to improve their health.
Registration is now open for our 2010 Dietary Guidelines webinar on March 7 at 12:30 p.m. CT! Click here to register—it’s free! The USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans are the cornerstone of federal nutrition policy in the United States and the 2010 revised version gives health and nutrition professionals the opportunity to reflect on the new recommendations and how they fit into their personal and professional lives. National Dairy Council will use this webinar to provide health and nutrition professionals with a better understanding of the new Guidelines as well as provide them with useful tips on how they can implement the recommendations with their patients and clients.
Given this is Valentine’s Day week, I want to share some of the many reasons why I love dairy foods. Upon reading, feel free to “share the love” with your clients, patients, peers and family.
On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of joining Jean Ragalie, President, National Dairy Council, and Greg Miller, Executive Vice President for Research, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs for National Dairy Council for a blogger call to discuss the recently released 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Greg kicked off the conversation by describing the major highlights from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, including changes from the 2005 version. He also discussed dairy innovation as it relates to the creation of dairy foods that are lower in sodium, calories, fats and added sugars.
We have embarked on a New Year and as we move past the resolutions and the groundhog’s predicting the end of winter by looking at his shadow, our attention turns to the next holiday on our list, Valentine’s Day. As health professionals, Valentine’s Day can mean caring about people beyond immediate family members and sharing overall health and wellness messages with our clients, patients and others we care for professionally. This also means highlighting American Heart Month in an effort to bring awareness to cardiovascular disease. In this realm, sharing our heart can mean empowering people to choose a healthy lifestyle that can help them reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
As Greg Miller discussed in his earlier post, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Many of us have been anticipating this release for some time now; with releases of related reports such as November’s Institute of Medicine report on calcium and vitamin D only further contributing to the anticipation.
As many of you know, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Although we live in a nation where obesity numbers continue to climb, Americans are still falling short on key nutrients, which could put their health at risk. The new Guidelines focus on preventing or reducing overweight and obesity through improved eating and physical activity behaviors by placing an emphasis on a total diet approach, urging Americans to reduce calories and watch portion sizes; make more nutrient-rich choices, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products; and move more.