I know I should be blogging about swine flu – isn’t everyone?
But instead… let’s talk about the USDA Dietary Guidelines… they will be revised for 2010 (mandated by law every 5 years). No, it is not nutrition experts trying to stay in business… it’s a government thang…
I was just reading a post by Janet Helm, a fellow RD at Nutrition Unplugged, and it inspired me to write a comment.
Basically, I think the guidelines have a PR problem and no matter what they say that is “different” or new, they won’t see real change, unless they think about how people will actually use the guidelines and integrate that into real life.
Here’s my comment:
My personal feeling is that many people are “desensitized” to the Dietary Guidelines. I think they have a major PR problem and no matter what the results are – they will get criticism. Low carb advocates will say they are making people fat. Activists will say that the food industry has USDA in thier pocket…
I 100% agree with what Drenowski is saying… advice where people choose foods because of their nutrition quality. He is right about the price misconception. I’m actually working on a research project with some dietetic interns on examples of healthy, affordable meals – the new “depression” diet I guess…
I do think there needs to be more coordination between the guidelines and a social marketing campaign – whether it is government or a private public partnership.
People need to “want” to do something different. In my experience, they either aren’t ready and they have blinders on… they don’t move or eat right. I have clients who get 1,000 steps a day – 10% of the recommended minimum! Or.. they are ready… they get the message… and they take it to overkill… no HFCS (its poison), gluten free (even if no allergies or intolerances)…. so it is to the point of overthinking good nutrition.
Education is key… put nutrition into schools. Fund school dietitians. Fund well visits with RDs and community education programs.
Integrate. Integrate. Integrate.
We can’t afford silos with the scarce dollars our government uses toward nutrition.
Check out the full post and tell me what you think about it…