Dietary Guidelines

Dietary Guidelines

Eat less and reduce your salt intake: New dietary guidelines from the USDA and what impact they might have on improving the nation's health.

Yesterday the U.S. Department of Agriculture released new dietary guidelines. The recommendations emphasize the importance of a diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. The government is also advising Americans to cut back on salt and, in general, to eat less. It’s no secret that our diets are less than ideal. A majority of adults and over one third of all children are overweight or obese. But some question what impact, if any, federal dietary guidelines can have. Join us to discuss the new government recommendations on what we should eat, whether these guidelines can help improve our health.


Robert Post

deputy director, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion,

Margo Wootan

director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Scott Faber

Vice President for Government Affairs, Environmental Working Group; former vice president, the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

Dr. Walter Willett

chairman of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health; professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School; co-author of "Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy."

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