April 17, 2020

On April 9, DietaryGuidelines.gov released an updated timeline for the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans process, stating, “One Month Added to Advisory Committee Schedule, Advisory Report to be Submitted by End of June 2020.”

This gives healthy beverage advocates time to provide more comments on the importance of clear and actionable guidance in the 2020 DGAs, in order to help Americans reduce sugary drink consumption and to enable them to drink water instead.

Over 120 comments related to drinking water have been submitted to date. Please use our Take Action page to write and submit your own comment to submit either as an individual or as an organization.

Information from the release follows:

The 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s schedule has been extended by one month, in consideration of new demands on Committee members’ schedules due to COVID-19. USDA and HHS continue to plan for the release of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans by the end of the year...

April 15, 2020

On March 9, 2020, nearly 60 retired admirals and generals who are members of Mission: Readiness submitted comments to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. These comments focused on the importance of prioritizing water consumption in the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and how promoting healthy options for young people is critical to national security. 

Currently 72 percent of young people in the United States are ineligible to serve in the military. Obesity is among the leading medical disqualifiers, with one in three young people being too overweight or obese to serve. The retired admirals and generals of Mission: Readiness are committed to promoting programs that help young people get off to a healthy start in life, so that they can succeed in the military or at whatever they choose. 

The comments recommend that the Committee specifically highlight the importance of prioritizing water as a beverage of choice as a way to reduce youth consumption of sugar-sweetened...

March 22, 2019

The process to develop the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) reflects changes intended to bring greater transparency and offer additional avenues for public input.

On March 28 and 29, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will hold the first of five 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee meetings that are open to the public. The meeting will feature deliberations by its 20 members, all experts in their fields. They will review scientific evidence on specific nutrition- and health-related topics and scientific questions that, for the first time, reflect both public comments and federal agency input.

Furthermore, an ongoing public comment period opened on March 12 and will remain open throughout the DGA development process. The public and all stakeholders are encouraged to provide comments to the Committee on topics and supporting questions that will yield new 2020 Guidelines.

In this round of DGA develo...

February 26, 2019

The next stage of the development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) is underway with the recent appointment of 20 nationally recognized scientists to serve on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The committee will review scientific evidence on specific nutrition and health related topics and scientific questions that, for the first time, reflect both public comments and federal agency input. The public and other stakeholders will be encouraged to provide comments and feedback throughout the committee's deliberations.

The National Drinking Water Alliance is leading an ongoing national campaign to urge USDA and HHS to add a symbol for drinking water to the MyPlate graphic when revising the DGAs. Visit our Take Action page for more information about the DGAs development process and opportunities to make your voice heard.

The DGAs are updated every five years and serve as the cornerstone of federal nutrition programs and policies, providing food- a...

January 28, 2019

Canada’s Food Guide has just been revised and it encourages Canadians to make water their “beverage of choice.”  The Food Guide’s new dietary advice graphic is a colorful photograph of a plate with a glass of water beside it. This graphic replaces the rainbow image.

The Guide says, “Sugary drinks … should not be consumed regularly” and defines sugary drinks as including soft drinks, fruit-flavoured drinks, 100% fruit juice, flavoured waters with added sugars, sport and energy drinks, and other sweetened hot or cold beverages, such as iced tea, cold coffee beverages, sweetened milks, and sweetened plant-based beverages.”

This guidance may be found in the Food Guide, Section 2 "Foods and beverages that undermine healthy eating".

The Globe and Mail reports, “The new Canada’s Food Guide explained: Goodbye four food groups and serving sizes, hello hydration.”

The instruction encouraging Canadians to make water their “beverage of choice” is meant to fulfill two purposes: to promote...

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