AICR champions the latest and most authoritative research on lifestyle and cancer. We advocate for federal guidelines to integrate this research into their recommendations.
In 1980, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the first Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), nutritional and dietary recommendations for Americans that are updated every five years. The DGA serve as a basis for what Americans should generally eat as well as provide a basis for federal food and nutrition programs. For the 2020-2025 DGA, AICR has been actively engaged in the process, advocating for guidelines that reflect our evidence between diet, body weight and cancer risk.
How We Are Taking Action
Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Work is underway to develop the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and AICR has been engaged at every step of the process. Below are the comments we have sent to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) and the agencies and the responsible for developing the guidelines, emphasizing AICR’s evidence pertaining to diet and cancer.
Comments We Have Submitted:
- Our Comments on the Research Questions Examined by the DGAC July 2019
- Sign-on Letter to DGAC Asking Them to Include External Research July 2019
- Our Comments on the Dietary Patterns and Cancer Protocol November 2019
- Our Comments on Prioritizing the Remaining Protocols February 2020
- Our Comments on Specific Dietary Patterns and Cancer Concerns Prior to the Release of the DGAC Final Report March 2020
- Our Comments on the DGAC’s Final Scientific Report August 2020
Other Comments We Have Signed Onto
Coalitions Helping Us Achieve This Goal
- National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity
The National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) coalition, is a group of health-promoting organizations that advocate for policies aimed at improving healthy eating and physical activity in order to prevent and reduce chronic disease. We provide our unique research and evidence-based recommendations on how healthy eating can impact cancer risk and survivorship.