December 18, 2019

On Wednesday, December 11th, 69 Members of Congress urged the secretaries of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take the necessary steps to add a symbol for water to the MyPlate nutritional graphic.

The MyPlate graphic is the primary tool used to educate Americans about nutrition and is ubiquitous in school and childcare cafeterias, classrooms and beyond. But it’s missing one essential element of a healthy diet: WATER!

The letter highlighted the vital role water plays for Americans of all ages, especially for very young children. The 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (currently under development) will, for the first time, provide guidelines for children from birth through 24 months.

Recently released consensus recommendations from a group of leading national organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association stress the importance of water, along with milk, as a beverage of ch...

December 4, 2019

Drinking water should be featured on MyPlate and be strongly advised in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans provide the basis for federal food, nutrition and health policies and programs – including all federal food programs, institutional procurement policies, nutrition education programs – as well as nutritional advice given by health care providers.  The Guidelines are updated every five years. New Guidelines are due to be released in 2020.

In 2015, the Advisory Committee for the that year’s guidelines made strong recommendations supporting drinking water promotion in the 2015 Guidelines:

  • “Strategies are needed to encourage the U.S. population to drink water when they are thirsty. Water provides a healthy, low-cost, zero-calorie beverage option,” (1)

  • “Approaches might include: Making water a preferred beverage choice. Encourage water as a preferred beverage when thirsty.” (2)

  • “Free, clean water should be available in public...

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