Webcast Available of 2015 DGAC’s Third Public Meeting

March 28, 2014

Previously, IBWA reported that on February 11, 2014, a Federal Register notice published the details for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s (DGAC) third public meeting, which was held March 14, 2014. In preparation for that meeting, IBWA and the Drinking Water Research Foundation (DWRF) submitted comments to the DGAC for review.
In our comments, we recommended that the DGAC incorporate more messaging on water consumption into the 2015 Guidelines and related supplemental documents, including adding water to the “My Plate” nutrition guide. We also noted that in today’s on-the-go society, most of what we drink comes in a package. Therefore, encouraging specific, smart, healthy dietary choices—like bottled water instead of sugary beverages—can help encourage individuals to lead more active and healthful lives. Conversely, research shows that if bottled water isn’t available, 63 percent of people will choose soda or another sugared drink—not tap water.
CLICK HERE to read the previously published IBWA News Splash article.

DGAC Webcast

The third DGAC meeting was unique in that there was no in-person attendance—participation in the meeting was via webcast only. The DGAC has posted a recording of the webcast on the Health.gov website. CLICK HERE to view the webcast. 
During the March 14 meeting, the DGAC heard from the following invited speakers, each giving a 30-minute presentation:
• William H. Dietz, MD, PhD: Dr. Dietz is the former director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity in the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Prior to his appointment to the CDC, he was a professor of pediatrics at the Tuft’s University School of Medicine, and director of Clinical Nutrition at the Floating Hospital of New England Medical Center Hospitals. Dr. Dietz’s talk was titled “Effective Prevention of Obesity in Healthcare Settings: Barriers and Opportunities.”
• Deborah F. Tate, PhD: Dr. Tate is an associate professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is appointed in the Department of Health Behavior, the Department of Nutrition, and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Tate’s presentation was titled “Effective Strategies and Delivery Approaches to Changing Diet and Activity for Weight Control.”
• Sonia Angell, MD, MPH, DTM&H, FACP: Dr. Sonia Angell is chief of the Noncommunicable Disease Unit and senior advisor for Global Noncommunicable Diseases, Division of Global health Protection in the Center for Global Health, CDC. Prior to joining the CDC in 2011, she directed the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Control Program at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dr. Angell’s presentation was titled “Restricting Trans Fat Use in Foods: the New York City Experience.”
• John Ruff, BA, MA: Ruff is currently the immediate past president of the Institute of Food Technologists. He retired in 2008 as senior vice president, Global Quality, Scientific Affairs and Nutrition, for Kraft Foods. Prior to joining Kraft, Ruff was a technical brand manager for Procter & Gamble in England. He also served on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee on strategies to reduce sodium intake. His presentation was titled “The Contributions of Food Science to Help Americans Achieve the Dietary Guidelines - Future Opportunities and Challenges.”

CLICK HERE to read more about each presenter. 
In addition to the speaker presentations, the DGAC subcommittees gave brief updates on their current activity as they work to develop recommendations for the U.S.

Source: IBWA