To help us eat wisely, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) publishes the Dietary Guidelines for Americans every five years. The guidelines provide a solid, reliable, and data-driven foundation for federal food programs, like the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
University of Minnesota School of Public Health associate professor Dr. Jamie Stang is one of 20 experts in the U.S. chosen to craft the 2020–2025 guidelines. To her role on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, Dr. Stang brings a career’s worth of research into maternal and child health and important for this position is her work on obesity during pregnancy.
“It is a huge honor to serve in general, and, in particular, because this is the first set of guidelines to incorporate specific recommendations for pregnancy and lactation and for infants and children up to the age of two,” said Dr. Stang. “This reflects an increasing awareness of the role that nutrition can play in fetal programming. Incorporating dietary recommendations for pregnant and lactating women is definitely something that needs to be done and I’m really glad that this set of guidelines will do that.”Friday Letter Submission