2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans poised to be plant positive

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Every five years the USDA and HHS jointly release updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) based on a scientific report from an advisory committee made up of nutrition scientists, registered dietitians, physicians, and other medical professionals.  Their report will be used to craft the final guidelines - although the final guidelines often do not reflect all the advisory committees’ recommendations.  The DGA advisory report is certainly plant positive providing links with reduced risk of chronic disease and premature mortality.  Will be interesting to see updates and approach of the 2020 edition when released at the end of this year or early 2021. 

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Jamie Pope, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Assistant Professor of Practice in Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University, has worked in the areas of obesity research, health promotion, heart disease prevention, and since 2000 teaching introductory nutrition. Beyond the classroom, she adapted portions of her nutrition courses to produce a Massive Open Online Course attracting more than 175,000 participants from around the world. This experience earned Jamie an Innovation in Teaching award from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is the co-author of the textbook entitled Nutrition for a Changing World. Now in its second edition, the text is in use in over 140 universities across the U.S. and the recipient of a 2020 Textbook Excellence Award. Most recently she developed and produced an audio course for Learn25.com (Nutrition 101: Understanding the Science and Practice of Eating Well) that is also featured on platforms like Apple Books and Audible. Jamie holds a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition and post graduate work in Health Psychology. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has authored or contributed to numerous scientific and popular press publications. Jamie also held several corporate positions, serving as nutrition consultant and media representative.