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Dietary Guidelines Alliance

Report CoverThe Dietary Guidelines Alliance is a partnership among leading health organizations, the government and food industry organizations, dedicated to providing consumers with concrete, practical advice on how to apply the Dietary Guidelines to their lives.

2010 Dietary Guidelines Alliance Consumer Research Report

New Research Provides Jump-start on Developing Dietary Guidance

Need ideas on how to focus your dietary guidance efforts, now that the 2010 Dietary Guidelines are out? 

The Dietary Guidelines Alliance, a public-private partnership among leading food, nutrition and health organizations and societies (including SNEB), the federal government, and food industry organizations, embarked on a comprehensive research project last year to explore how American families might respond to messaging related to potential focus areas in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  As a result, the Alliance released in December 2010 its latest round of comprehensive consumer research findings in a report called, 2010 Dietary Guidelines Alliance Consumer Research: Motivating Families to Lead a Healthier Lifestyle in 2011 and Beyond.  The Alliance’s project had three phases that focused on topics similar to the areas of focus from the June 2010 draft of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report.  The ethnographic research aimed to observe and understand consumer behavior to dietary choices and physical activity.  Next, focus groups explored reported behaviors, barriers and catalysts, and gathered initial reaction to draft messages on core concepts.  And, finally, a quantitative message-testing web survey was conducted.  This research helps nutrition educators identify where gaps exist in communicating effective messages on dietary guidance to consumers.

Across five core behaviors that parents could implement to impact the healthfulness of their families diet, parents ranked the following as most important:

Serving their families foods and beverages that are nutrient rich (such as whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy and fruits and vegetables) more often (82%)

Making an effort to balance amount of foods and beverages consumed with amount of physical activity (74%)

Paying attention to the amount of foods and beverages served and eaten (69%)

Managing higher-calorie food and beverage choices in a way that does not impact weight (67%)

Paying attention to calories consumed from foods and beverages (52%)

 

The Alliance recognizes the role that all of these strategies play in helping Americans manage their weight, and wanted to explore messaging concepts that could motivate families in their effort to improve health. These messages resonated with parents, indicating they might motivate a change in their behavior:

Know your number. Learning how many calories you should consume in a day is a critical first step in managing your weight.

Fun stuff counts as exercise!  Get active with the family whether it’s soccer in the backyard, dancing to music or taking a walk in your neighborhood. 

Take charge of your weight. Balancing the calories you eat and drink with the calories you burn though physical activity puts you in control.

Small steps = big changes. Serve smaller portions to help curb calories and keep your weight on the right track.

Base your plate on nutrient-rich foods that offer beneficial nutrients and fewer calories.  Choose fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, beans and nuts, and low-fat and fat-free dairy foods more often.

You are an important role model for your children.  Show your family how to savor their favorite higher-calorie foods and beverages by enjoying smaller portions together.

 

Healthy Aging Dietetic Practice Group

SNEB's Healthy Aging Division and the Healthy Aging Dietetic Practice Group (HA-DPG), a dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), entered into a collaboration agreement in 2010. The groups agree to exchange resources and develop educational material.

 

Korean Society of Community Nutrition

The Korean Society of Community Nutrition was founded in 1995 to enhance nutritional status and promote health status of community members, nutritionally vulnerable population, workers, and all people through community nutrition research and public health nutrition practices. With the goal of promoting community nutrition, nutrition education and healthy behaviors, the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) and the Korean Society of Community Nutrition (KSCN) have signed a formal letter of agreement. The agreement was signed by SNEB past president Tracy Fox and KSCN president Dr. Yong Ok Kim on Monday, July 26, 2011 at the SNEB Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO during a reception hosted by the SNEB International Nutrition Education Division. Also in attendance at the reception was KSCN president-elect Dr. Jin-Sook Yon and Soo-Kyung Lee, secretary of international relations.

 

Nutrition Educators of Health Professionals (NEHP)

SNEB's Higher Education Division and the Nutrition Educators of Health Professionals (NEHP), a dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), proudly announce a new collaboration agreement finalized in January 2013.

Among the resources now available to SNEB members are the NEHP quarterly newsletter.

Summer 2013

SNEB members are encouraged to submit articles for the newsletter. See information in the issue for details.

 

Osteoarthritis Action Alliance

The Osteoarthritis (OA) Action Alliance is a national coalition of concerned organizations mobilized by the Arthritis Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This coalition is committed to elevating OA as a national health priority and promoting effective policy solutions that aim to address the individual and national toll of OA. In addition, the OA Action Alliance, with the public health community, is working to ensure people with OA have the access, skills and capacity to benefit from effective and proven interventions.