The USDA has invited public feedback on its dietary guidelines for 2020 – 2025. The form, which covers a wide variety of food and nutrition topics, will be open for public comments until March 30.
Every five years, the USDA releases an updated version of its dietary guidelines to inform Americans about healthy eating habits. The guidelines were last revised in 2015, when the USDA also opened for public comments.
“The American taxpayer is an essential customer – indeed, a shareholder,” said the USDA’s Brandon Lipps. “We’re proud to be taking this important step forward towards greater transparency, and ensuring that the American public’s voice is heard throughout this process.”
“We know that good nutrition together with physical activity can help decrease Americans’ risk of developing serious health conditions across the life span,” added the Department of Health and Human Services’ Don Wright. “The Dietary Guidelines for Americans help support healthy choices at home, school, work, and in the community. That’s why we are encouraging the public and stakeholders in nutrition to submit comments up front to help inform the next edition of the guidelines.”
The guidelines for 2020 – 2025 are also required to create new guidelines for pregnant women and children under two years old.
Let’s work together to make America healthier!
If you want to get involved and tell the USDA what you think about nutrition, you can go here to share your comments by clicking on the blue box on the top right that says “Comment Now.”
You can go here to leave the USDA a message telling them what changes you’d like to see made to the 2020-2025 guidelines. For example, you could demand more healthy and plant-based school lunches, or suggest that the USDA recommend a diet that’s more focused on fresh produce and whole foods.
Below is’ an example we came up with, if you don’t have time to write something up. You can easily send this message to the USDA by clicking here and pasting it in!
“I’m in favor of more healthy, plant-based whole foods being added to Americans’ diets. I want the USDA to recommend more fresh produce and less meat and dairy, which have been shown to have harmful effects on the environment and on human health. I’m calling on the USDA to create guidelines that are designed with Americans’ health in mind, and not the interests of corporations and lobbyists.”
Remember, your comments are due by March 30!
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