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The HNC launched in October 2010 out of shared concern that the Dietary Guidelines for Americans were not having the intended impact on rates of obesity and other chronic diseases. The ongoing focus of the Guidelines has been to prevent chronic disease; however, the science indicates that there is no general dietary pattern that can accomplish this across a diverse population. Prevention of chronic disease through dietary and lifestyle modification is best left to healthcare practitioners and their individual patients. Our position is that the Guidelines must return their focus to ensuring that Americans meet their complete nutritional needs at all stages of life. To accomplish this, the Coalition seeks to educate and assist healthcare professionals, policy makers, legislators, and the public.

In addition, we are creating a coalition of supporters to speak out against the direction the Guidelines have been taking since their inception in 1980, and to offer this alternative approach. Our membership is broad-based and includes scientists, healthcare professionals, members of the food and agricultural community, health advocacy groups, and most of all, concerned citizens.

To help achieve our goals, in 2015 we composed a letter that we delivered to the Secretaries of the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services, selected policymakers, and interested media outlets.  The letter is copied below (with a link to the pdf as well).  If you wish to sign on, please use this quick form to add your information to the letter.

We are adding to the momentum building in the national media and among other health advocacy organizations demanding that our policy makers critically examine the process used to develop the DGA. We suggest a slightly different approach – we have as our primary goal changing the focus of  future Guidelines to that of ensuring adequate nutrition for all Americans.

Ultimately, we hope to positively impact our food, nutrition, and health systems by developing an understanding and awareness of the social, cultural, and economic forces that not only impact American’s access to nutritional information and to the foods needed to support health, but shape American’s attitudes about nutrition and relationships to food.

I encourage you to share this with friends and colleagues whom you feel may be interested in this critically important issue.…