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Results from a new study show that adults who consumed 25% of their daily calories as fructose or high-fructose corn syrup beverages (a percentage within current government guidelines) for 2 weeks experienced increases in serum levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, to prove Dr Atkins true on his account that sugar consumption was directly linked to high cholesterol.

The authors of the study, recently accepted for publication in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolismand slated to be published in the October 2011 print issue, say the results should spur the government to reevaluate the guidelines.

Senior author Kimber Stanhope, PhD, from the departments of nutrition and molecular biosciences, University of California, Davis, and colleagues say the study was conducted to help sort out a discrepancy in 2 prominent sets of recommendations: The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, jointly published by the US Department of Health and Human Services and the US Department of Agriculture, recommend that people consume a maximum of 25% of their daily calories as added sugars. In contrast, the American Heart Association recommends an upper limit of 5%.

“While there is evidence that people who consume sugar are more likely to have heart disease or diabetes, it is controversial as to whether high sugar diets may actually promote these diseases, and dietary guidelines are conflicting,” remarked Dr. Stanhope in a press release.

To shed light on the effects of the higher government-recommended threshold, the researchers had 48 overweight and normal-weight adults (age, 18-40 years; body mass index, 18-35 kg/m2) consume beverages that contained fructose, high-fructose corn syrup, or glucose at the 25% upper limit for calorie intake for 2 weeks.

During the first 3.5 days of the trial, the participants stayed at an inpatient facility for baseline testing while consuming a balanced diet consisting of 55% complex carbohydrates. The following 12 days were at home on an ad libitum diet with the addition of 3 daily drinks of glucose-, fructose-, or high-fructose corn syrup-sweetened beverages (n = 16/group) that provided 25% of their energy requirements. The last 3.5 days were spent back at the inpatient facility for repeated testing while the participants were consuming energy-balanced diets containing 25% sugar-sweetened beverages and 30% complex carbohydrate.

At the end of the study period, participants who consumed fructose or high-fructose corn syrup in their drinks exhibited elevated blood levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, triglycerides, and apolipoprotein B (apo B).

Participants who consumed glucose in their beverages exhibited no such changes. More specifically, the 24-hour triglyceride area under the curve (AUC) increased compared with baseline during consumption of fructose (increase, 4.7 ± 1.2 mmol/L x 24 hours; = .0032) and high-fructose corn syrup (increase, 1.8 ± 1.4 mmol/L x 24 hours; = .035), but not glucose (decrease, 1.9 ± 0.9 mmol/L x 24 hours; = .14). Similarly, fasting LDL and apoB concentrations were increased during consumption of fructose (LDL increase, 0.29 ± 0.082 mmol/L; = .0023; apoB increase, 0.093 ± 0.022 g/L; = .0005) and high-fructose corn syrup (LDL increase, 0.42 ± 0.11 mmol/L; < .0001; apoB, 0.12 ± 0.031 g/L; < .0001), but not glucose (LDL increase, 0.012 ± 0.071 mmol/L, P= .86; apoB increase, 0.0097 ± 0.019 g/L; = .91).

One limitation is the lack of inclusion of sucrose in the study.

“There is growing evidence linking increases of postprandial triglyceride concentrations with proatherogenic conditions,” Dr. Stanhope and her colleagues explain. Their results add to this existing evidence, even in young adults. “It is [also] important to note,” write the authors, “that for both the current and [a] previous study [by our research group], the differential effects of fructose and [high-fructose corn syrup] compared to complex carbohydrate on the 24-h [triglyceride] profile were most marked in the late evening, approximately 4 and 6 hours after dinner. Studies investigating the relationship between this late-evening peak and proatherogenic changes would be of interest, as would investigations into the sources of the [triglycerides] that contributes to these peaks,” such as diet or fatty acids derived from adipose lipolysis.

According to the researchers, survey data suggest that 13% of the US population consumes 25% or more of their calories from added sugar. The current data provide evidence that this level of sugar consumption in young, healthy, normal, and overweight adults contributes to dyslipidemia after only 2 weeks and contradicts conclusions from recent reviews suggesting that “sugar intakes as high as 25-50% of energy have no adverse long-term effects” in terms of the metabolic syndrome, and “that fructose consumption up to 140 grams/day does not result in a biologically relevant increase of fasting or postprandial [triglycerides] in healthy, normal weight or overweight or obese” individuals.

Furthermore, the researchers conclude, their findings indicate the need for the government to reconsider its recommendations that include a maximal upper limit of 25% of total energy requirements from added sugar.

The study was supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and by the National Center for Research Resources, both of the National Institutes of Health. One author has consulted for Denka Seiken Company and for Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd, both in Tokyo, Japan. Another author is currently employed by Denka Seiken Co., and a third was formerly employed by this same company. Dr. Stanhope and the remaining 8 authors have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.



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Dr. Jeffrey J. Narmi could not believe what he was seeing this spring in the emergency room at Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville, Pa.: people arriving so agitated, violent and psychotic that a small army of medical workers was needed to hold them down.

They had taken new stimulant drugs that people are calling “bath salts,” and sometimes even large doses of sedatives failed to quiet them.

“There were some who were admitted overnight for treatment and subsequently admitted to the psych floor upstairs,” Dr. Narmi said. “These people were completely disconnected from reality and in a very bad place.”

Similar reports are emerging from hospitals around the country, as doctors scramble to figure out the best treatment for people high on bath salts. The drugs started turning up regularly in the United States last year and have proliferated in recent months, alarming doctors, who say they have unusually dangerous and long-lasting effects.

Though they come in powder and crystal form like traditional bath salts — hence their name — they differ in one crucial way: they are used as recreational drugs. People typically snort, inject or smoke them.

Poison control centers around the country received 3,470 calls about bath salts from January through June, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, up from 303 in all of 2010.

“Some of these folks aren’t right for a long time,” said Karen E. Simone, director of the Northern New England Poison Center. “If you gave me a list of drugs that I wouldn’t want to touch, this would be at the top.”

At least 28 states have banned bath salts, which are typically sold for $25 to $50 per 50-milligram packet at convenience stores and head shops under names like Aura, Ivory Wave, Loco-Motion and Vanilla Sky. Most of the bans are in the South and the Midwest, where the drugs have grown quickly in popularity. But states like Maine, New Jersey and New York have also outlawed them after seeing evidence that their use was spreading.

The cases are jarring and similar to those involving PCP in the 1970s. Some of the recent incidents include a man in Indiana who climbed a roadside flagpole and jumped into traffic, a man in Pennsylvania who broke into a monastery and stabbed a priest, and a woman in West Virginia who scratched herself “to pieces” over several days because she thought there was something under her skin.

“She looked like she had been dragged through a briar bush for several miles,” said Dr. Owen M. Lander, an emergency room doctor at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va.

Bath salts contain manmade chemicals like mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or MDPV, also known as substituted cathinones. Both drugs are related to khat, an organic stimulant found in Arab and East African countries that is illegal in the United States.

They are similar to so-called synthetic marijuana, which has also caused a surge in medical emergencies and been banned in a number of states. In March, the Drug Enforcement Administrationused emergency powers to temporarily ban five chemicals used in synthetic marijuana, which is sold in the same types of shops as bath salts.

Shortly afterward, Senator Bob Casey, Democrat of Pennsylvania, asked the agency to enact a similar ban on the chemicals in bath salts. It has not done so, although Gary Boggs, a special agent at D.E.A. headquarters in Washington, said the agency had started looking into whether to make MDPV and mephedrone controlled Schedule I drugs like heroin and ecstasy.

Mr. Casey said in a recent interview that he was frustrated by the lack of a temporary ban. “There has to be some authority that is not being exercised,” he said. “I’m not fully convinced they can’t take action in a way that’s commensurate with the action taken at the state level.”

Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, introduced federal legislation in February to classify bath salts as controlled Schedule I substances, but it remains in committee. Meanwhile, the drugs remain widely available on the Internet, and experts say the state bans can be thwarted by chemists who need change only one molecule in salts to make them legal again.

And while some states with bans have seen fewer episodes involving bath salts, others where they remain fully legal, like Arizona, are starting to see a surge of cases.

Dr. Frank LoVecchio, an emergency room doctor at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, said he had to administer general anesthesia in recent weeks to bath salt users so agitated that they did not respond to large doses of sedatives.

Dr. Justin Strittmatter, an emergency room doctor at the Gulf Coast Medical Center in Panama City, Fla., said he had treated one man whose temperature had shot up to 107.5 degrees after snorting bath salts. “You could fry an egg on his forehead,” Dr. Strittmatter said.

Other doctors described dangerously elevated blood pressure and heart rates and people so agitated that their muscles started to break down, releasing chemicals that led to kidney failure.

Mark Ryan, the director of the Louisiana Poison Center, said some doctors had turned to powerful antipsychotics to calm users after sedatives failed. “If you take the worst attributes of meth, coke, PCP, LSD and ecstasy and put them together,” he said, “that’s what we’re seeing sometimes.”

Dr. Ryan added, “Some people who used it back in November or December, their family members say they’re still experiencing noticeable paranoid tendencies that they did not have prior.”

Before hitting this country, bath salts swept Britain, which banned them in April 2010. Experts say much of the supply is coming from China and India, where chemical manufacturers have less government oversight.

They are labeled “not for human consumption,” which helps them skirt the federal Analog Act, under which any substance “substantially similar” to a banned drug is deemed illegal if it is intended for consumption.

Last month, the drug agency made its first arrests involving bath salts under the Analog Act through a special task force in New York. Undercover agents bought bath salts from stores in Manhattan and Brooklyn, where clerks discussed how to ingest them and boasted that they would not show up on a drug test.

“We were sending out a message that if you’re going to sell these bath salts, it’s a violation and we will be looking at you,” said John P. Gilbride, special agent in charge of the New York field division of the D.E.A.

The authorities in Alton, Ill., are looking at the Analog Act as they prepare to file criminal charges in the death of a woman who overdosed on bath salts bought at a liquor store in April.

“We think we can prove that these folks were selling it across the counter for the purposes of humans getting high,” said Chief David Hayes of the Alton police.

Chief Hayes and other law enforcement officials said they had been shocked by how quickly bath salts turned into a major problem. “I have never seen a drug that took off as fast as this one,” Chief Hayes said. Others said some people on the drugs could not be subdued with pepper spray or even Tasers.

Chief Joseph H. Murton of the Pottsville police said the number of bath salt cases had dropped significantly since the city banned the drugs last month. But before the ban, he said, the episodes were overwhelming the police and two local hospitals.

“We had two instances in particular where they were acting out in a very violent manner and they were Tasered and it had no effect,” he said. “One was only a small female, but it took four officers to hold her down, along with two orderlies. That’s how out of control she was.”

Part B. Section 3: A Call to Action June 8, 2011

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Part B. Section 3: Translating and

Integrating the Evidence: A Call to Action

The data clearly document that America is experiencing a public health crisis involving overweight and obesity. Particularly alarming is the further evidence that the obesity epidemic involves American children and

youth, as nearly one in three are classified as overweight or obese. Childhood obesity and overweight is a serious health concern in the United States (U.S.) because of immediate health consequences, as well as because it places a child at increased risk of obesity in adulthood, with all its attendant health problems such as cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and type 2 diabetes (T2D). All adults—parents, educators, caregivers, teachers, policy makers, health care providers, and all other adults who work with and care about children and families—serve as role models in some capacity and share responsibility for helping the next generation prevent obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles at all ages. Primary prevention of obesity, starting in pregnancy and early childhood, is the single best

strategy for combating and reversing America’s obesity epidemic for current and future generations. While there is also an urgent need to improve the health and well- being of children and adults who are already overweight and obese, primary prevention offers the strongest universal benefits. Solving the obesity problem will take a coordinated system-wide, multi-sectoral approach that engages parents as well as those in education, government, healthcare, agriculture, business,

advocacy, and the community. This approach must promote primary prevention among those who are not yet overweight and address weight loss and fitness among those who are overweight.

Disparities in health among racial and ethnic minorities and among different socioeconomic groups have been recognized as a significant concern for decades. Several subgroups of the population (Native Americans, Blacks, Hispanics, and segments of the population with low income) have a strikingly high prevalence of overweight and obesity. Dietary patterns vary among different ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Individuals of lower education and/or income levels tend to eat fewer servings of vegetables and fruits than do those with more education and/or higher income. According to national surveys, Blacks tend to have the lowest intakes

of vegetables and fruits among ethnic groups, but also have a higher prevalence of hypertension and related diseases, such as stroke. Although the reasons for these differences are complex and multifactorial, this Report addresses research indicating that certain dietary changes can provide a means to reduce health disparities. If we are successful in changing dietary intake patterns of all Americans through a systematic

approach, we will go a long way in narrowing the gap in health disparities.

Although obesity is related to many chronic health conditions, it is not the only diet-related public health problem confronting the Nation. Nutritionally suboptimal diets with or without obesity are etiologically related to many of the most common, costly, and yet preventable health problems in the U.S., particularly CVD (atherosclerosis, stroke) and related risk factors (T2D, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia), some cancers, and osteoporosis. Improved nutrition and appropriate eating behaviors have tremendous potential to enhance public health, prevent or reduce morbidity and mortality, and decrease health care costs.

The science is not perfect; evidence is strong in some areas and limited or inconsistent in other areas. Nevertheless, this Report is an urgent call to action to address a major public health crisis by focusing on helping all Americans achieve energy balance through adoption and adherence to current nutrition and physical activity guidelines.

After reviewing its entire Report, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) recognized a need to not only document the evidence, but to translate and integrate major findings that have cross-cutting public health impact and provide guidance on how to implement the changes necessary to enhance the health and well being of the population. Below are the four major cross-cutting findings from the 2010 DGAC Report, followed by suggestions for implementation.

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Four Main Integrated Findings to Be Used in Developing the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

1. Reduce the incidence and prevalence of overweight and obesity of the U.S. population by reducing overall calorie intake and increasing physical activity.

A focus on life-stage approaches (pregnant women, children, adolescents, adults, and older adults) is necessary nationwide to help Americans meet nutrient needs within appropriate calorie intake. To achieve this, Americans should:

•     Know their calorie needs. In other words, individuals need to know how many calories they should consume each day based on their age, sex, and level of physical activity.

•     Significantly lower excessive calorie intake from added sugars, solid fats, and some refined grain products.

•     Increase their consumption of a variety of vegetables, fruits, and fiber-rich whole grains.

•     Avoid sugar-sweetened beverages.

•     Consume smaller portions, especially of high- calorie foods.

•     Choose lower-calorie options, especially when eating foods away from home.

•     Increase their overall physical activity.

•     Have access to improved, easy-to-understand labels listing calorie content and portion size on packaged foods and for restaurant meals (especially quick service [i.e., fast food] restaurants, restaurant

chains, and other places where standardized foods are served).

Collectively, these measures will help Americans manage their body weight and improve their overall health. In order to achieve this goal, the public and private sectors must be committed to assisting all Americans to know their calorie needs at each stage of life and help them recognize how to manage and/or lower their body weight. Simple but effective consumer-friendly tools for self-assessment of energy needs and self-monitoring of food and beverage intake are urgently needed and should be developed. These strategies will enable everyone to recognize and implement, both inside and outside the home, dietary

recommendations that have been consistent for decades.

2. Shift food intake patterns to a more plant- based diet that emphasizes vegetables, cooked dry beans and peas, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. In addition, increase the intake of seafood and fat-free and low-fat milk and milk products, and consume only moderate amounts of lean meats, poultry, and eggs.

This approach will help Americans meet their nutrient needs while maintaining energy balance. Importantly, this will assist Americans to increase their intake of shortfall nutrients, such as potassium and fiber. These goals can be attained through a range of food patterns— from omnivore to vegan—that embrace cultural

heritage, lifestyle, and food preferences. These flexible patterns of eating must encompass all foods and beverages that are consumed as meals and snacks throughout the day, regardless of whether they are eaten at home or away from home.

3. Significantly reduce intake of foods containing added sugars and solid fats because these dietary components contribute excess calories and few, if any, nutrients. In addition, reduce sodium intake and lower intake of refined grains, especially refined

grains that are coupled with added sugar, solid fat, and sodium.

The components of the American diet that are consumed in excess are solid fats and added sugars (SoFAS), refined grains, and sodium. SoFAS alone contribute approximately 35 percent to total energy intake of Americans. Collectively, the consumption of foods containing SoFAS, refined grains, and sodium lead to excessive calorie intake, resulting in weight gain and health consequences such as hypertension, CVD, and T2D. Reducing the intake of these overconsumed components will require much more than individual behavior change. A comprehensive approach is needed. The food industry will need to act to help Americans achieve these goals. Every aspect of the industry, from research and development to production and retail, needs to contribute healthful food solutions to reduce

the intake of SoFAS, certain refined grain products, and sodium. Sound health and wellness policies at the local, state, and national level also can help facilitate these changes.

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4. Meet the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

A comprehensive set of physical activity recommendations for people of all ages and physical conditions was released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2008 (HHS, 2008). The

2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans were developed to help Americans to become more

physically active. By objective measures, large portions, indeed the majority, of the U.S. population are

sedentary (Metzger, 2008). In fact, Americans spend most of their waking hours engaged in behaviors that expend very little energy (Matthews, 2008). To increase the public’s participation in physical activity,

compelling multi-sector approaches are needed to improve home, school, work, and community environments to promote physical activity. These changes need to surpass planned exercise and foster greater energy expenditure throughout the day. Improved exposure to recreational spaces, increased use of active transportation, and encouraging development of school and worksite policies that program physical activity throughout the day can help enable Americans

to develop and maintain healthier lifestyle behaviors. Special attention and creative approaches also are needed to help Americans reduce sedentary behaviors, especially television viewing and video game use, among children and adolescents.

A Call to Action

Dietary Guidelines for Americans have been published since 1980. During this time obesity rates have escalated and dietary intake patterns have strayed from

the ideal. The 2010 DGAC recognizes that several of its recommendations have been made repeatedly in prior reports with little or no demonstrable impact. For example, recommended intakes of vegetables and fruit remain woefully unchanged, despite continuing advice to markedly increase intake of these foods. Substantial, high-level barriers appear to impede achievement of these goals, including certain government regulations and policies. Chief among these are land use policy and economic incentives for food manufacturers. The food supply and access to it has changed dramatically over

the past 40 years, contributing to an overall increased calorie intake by many individuals. Since the 1970s, the number of fast food restaurants has increased 147 percent. The portions that are served in restaurants and the serving sizes of foods sold in packages at stores

have increased as well. Moreover, the number of food items at the supermarket has increased from 10,425 in

1978 to 46,852 in 2008, and most of these contribute SoFAS, refined grains, and sodium to the American diet (see Part D. Section 1. Energy Balance and Weight Management for a discussion of recent changes in the food environment). This has far-reaching effects such that the average child now consumes 365 calories per day of added sugars and 433 calories per day of solid fat for a combined total of 798 calories, or more than one- third of total calorie intake (HHS, 2010; see Part D. Section 2. Nutrient Adequacy). Conversely, Americans spend 45 percent less time preparing food at home (see Part D. Section 1. Energy Balance and Weight Management) or eating food at the family table than previously, and this behavioral trend is associated with increased risk of weight gain, overweight, and obesity. In this context, the DGAC concluded that mere repetition of advice will not effectively help Americans achieve these evidence-based and often- repeated goals for a healthy diet.

Ensuring that all Americans consume a health- promoting dietary pattern and achieve and maintain energy balance requires far more than individual behavior change. A multi-sectoral strategy is imperative. For this reason, the 2010 DGAC strongly

recommends that HHS and USDA convene appropriate committees, potentially through the Institute of

Medicine (IOM), to develop a strategic plan focusing on the behaviors and actions needed to successfully implement the four key 2010 DGAC recommendations highlighted above.

A coordinated strategic plan that includes all sectors of society, including individuals, families, educators, communities, allied health professionals, public health advocates, policy makers, scientists, and small and large businesses (e.g., farmers, agricultural producers, food scientists, food manufacturers, and food retailers of all kinds), should be engaged in developing and implementing the plan to help all Americans eat well,

be physically active, and maintain good health. It is important that any strategic plan be evidence-informed, action-oriented, and focused on changes in systems (IOM, 2010a). This systems approach is already underway in countries such as the United Kingdom for obesity prevention (Butland, 2007) with promising results. Recent examples of this approach in the U.S. include an IOM committee convened by HHS and USDA and charged with developing strategies for gradually but dramatically reducing sodium intake, which remains persistently high even after more than 40

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years of advice. This IOM committee recently issued its report (IOM, 2010b), providing a comprehensive strategy to reduce dietary sodium intake in the general population by focusing on the food supply and targeting industry to partner in systematic reductions in sodium content of foods. Already there is encouraging evidence that food manufacturers are responding positively and are committed to reducing the sodium content in their food products. Similarly, the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan, released in May 2010, was developed by multiple stakeholders and provides a comprehensive, realistic implementation framework intended to promote physical activity in the American population. Most recently, the May 2010, White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity Report, Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within a Generation, also calls for a multi-sector, systems approach to solving this important public health issue.

An Urgent Need to Focus on Children

Any and all systems-based strategies must include a focus on children. Primary prevention of obesity must begin in childhood. This is the single most powerful public health approach to combating and reversing America’s obesity epidemic over the long term. Trends for childhood overweight and obesity are alarming, with obesity prevalence rates tripling between 1980 and

2004. Although rates for children appear to be leveling off, they remain high, with one-third currently overweight or obese, defined as at or above the 85th percentile on body mass index (BMI)-for-age growth charts (Ogden, 2010). These numbers represent more than 25 million children in the U.S. In order to reverse this trend, we will need to work together as a Nation to improve the food environment to which children are exposed at home, school, and the community. Efforts to prevent childhood obesity need to start very early, even in utero. Increasing evidence indicates that maternal obesity before conception and excessive gestational weight gain represent a substantial risk of childhood obesity in the offspring (see Part D. Section 2. Energy Balance and Weight Management for a detailed discussion of this issue). Thus, addressing maternal nutrition, physical activity, and body weight before conception and during pregnancy as well as emphasizing early childhood nutrition is paramount for preventing the onset of childhood obesity. Areas targeting childhood obesity prevention that should be addressed include, but are not limited to:

•     Improve foods sold and served in schools, including school breakfast, lunch, and after-school meals and

competitive foods so that they meet the recommendations of the IOM report on school

meals (IOM, 2009) and the key findings of the 2010

DGAC. This includes all age groups of children, from preschool through high school.

•     Increase comprehensive health, nutrition, and physical education programs and curricula in U.S. schools and preschools, including food preparation, food safety, cooking, and physical education classes and improved quality of recess.

•     Develop nationally standardized approaches for health care providers to track BMI-for-age and provide guidance to children and their families to effectively prevent, monitor, and/or treat childhood obesity.

•     Develop nationally standardized approaches for health care providers to improve nutrition, physical activity participation, healthy weight gain during pregnancy, and the attainment of a healthy weight postpartum.

•     Increase safe routes to schools and community recreational areas to encourage active transportation and physical activity.

•     Remove sugar-sweetened beverages and high- calorie snacks from schools, recreation facilities, and other places where children gather.

•     Develop and enforce responsible zoning policies for the location of fast food restaurants near schools

and places where children play.

•     Increase awareness and promote action around reducing screen time (television and computer or game modules) and removing televisions from children’s bedrooms.

•     Develop and enforce effective policies regarding marketing of food and beverage products to

children. Efforts in this area are underway through a government interagency committee comprised of

the Federal Trade Commission, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USDA, and Food and Drug Administration, as well as some self-regulation

from industry (Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009).

•     Develop affordable summer programs that support children’s health, as children gain the most weight during the out-of-school summer months (von Hippel, 2007).

Challenges and Opportunities for Change

Change is needed in the overall food environment to support the efforts of all Americans to meet the key recommendations of the 2010 DGAC (Story, 2009).

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The 2010 DGAC recognizes that the current food environment does not adequately facilitate the ability of Americans to follow the evidence-based recommendations outlined in the 2010 DGAC Report. Population growth, availability of fresh water, arable land constraints, climate change, current policies, and business practices are among some of the major challenges that need to be addressed in order to ensure that these recommendations can be implemented nationally. For example, if every American were to

meet the vegetable, fruit, and whole-grain recommendations, domestic crop acreage would need to increase by an estimated 7.4 million harvested acres (Buzby, 2006). Furthermore, the environment does not facilitate the ability of individuals to follow the 2008

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Most home, school, work, and community environments do not promote engagement in a physically active lifestyle. To meet these challenges, the following sustainable

changes must occur:

•     Improve nutrition literacy and cooking skills, and empower and motivate the population to prepare and consume healthy foods at home, especially among families with children.

•     For all Americans, especially those with low- income, create greater financial incentives to purchase, prepare, and consume vegetables and fruit, whole grains, seafood, fat-free and low-fat milk and milk products, lean meats, and other healthy foods. Currently, individuals have an economic disincentive to purchase healthy foods.

•     Improve the availability of affordable fresh produce through greater access to grocery stores, produce trucks, and farmers’ markets.

•     Increase environmentally sustainable production of vegetables, fruits, and fiber-rich whole grains.

•     Ensure household food security through measures that provide access to adequate amounts of foods that are nutritious and safe to eat.

•     Develop safe, effective, and sustainable practices to expand aquaculture and increase the availability of seafood to all segments of the population. Ensure that consumers have access to user-friendly benefit/risk information to make informed seafood choices.

•     Encourage restaurants and the food industry to offer health-promoting foods that are low in sodium; limited in SoFAS and refined grains; and served in smaller portions.

•     Implement the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan, a private-public sector collaborative promoting

local, state, and national programs and policies to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary activity (National Physical Activity Plan, 2010). Through the Plan and other initiatives, develop efforts across all sectors of society, including health care and public health; education; business and industry; mass media; parks, recreation, fitness, and sports; transportation, land use, and community design; and volunteer and non-profit. Reducing screen time, especially television, for all Americans also will be important.

The 2010 DGAC recognizes the significant challenges involved in implementing the goals outlined here. These challenges go beyond cost, economic interests, technological and societal changes, and agricultural limitations. Over the past several decades, the value of preparing and enjoying healthy food has eroded, leaving instead the practices of eating processed foods containing excessive sodium, solid fats, refined grains, and added sugars. As a Nation, we all need to value and adopt the practices of good nutrition, physical activity, and a healthy lifestyle. The DGAC encourages all stakeholders to take actions to make every choice available to Americans a healthy choice. To move toward this vision, all segments of society—from

parents to policy makers and everyone else in between—must now take responsibility and play a leadership role in creating gradual and steady change to help current and future generations live healthy and productive lives. A measure of success will be evidence that meaningful change has occurred when the 2015

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