SNEB President Koch emphasizes four key points during oral comments to Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

Newswise — INDIANAPOLIS (August 14, 2020) –Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior President Pam Koch EdD, RD presented comments to federal officials on behalf of the Society regarding the Scientific Report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee: Advisory Report to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Her key points were:

  1. Maximize guidance to women who are pregnant and/or lactating, infants, and toddlers through 24 months.
  2. Maximize CNPP’s new infrastructure within the USDA Food and Nutrition service.
  3. Provide guidance for the DGA to transform food systems.
  4. Strengthen the process of developing our nation’s dietary guidelines.

“SNEB represents the interests of more than 1,100 nutrition educators worldwide. We are dedicated to promoting effective food and nutrition education and healthy behaviors through research, policy, and practice that promote equity and support public and planetary health, President Koch said in her written comments. “Collectively, SNEB members have unique and valuable expertise in building healthy communities and food systems and achieving behaviors consistent with healthy lifestyles.  Every day, our members use the DGA in multiple sectors and settings and in a variety of ways.”

“Our Society stands ready to assist federal officials in developing the DGA, and we will integrate the DGA into our efforts to build healthy communities and food systems for all Americans,” President Koch said to close her oral comments.

The Society submitted both oral and written comments for the consideration of the DGAC as they move forward in translating the evidence reviews into actionable strategies for policy makers and practitioners to help all Americans to eat healthier.

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Journalists interested in further comment or setting up an interview can reach out to SNEB President Pam Koch at; Executive Director Rachel Daeger at; or Communications Coordinator Jordan Nussear at


The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior is an international organization of nutrition education professionals who are dedicated to advancing food and nutrition education research, practice, and policy that promote equity, and support public and planetary health. To learn more, visit

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