Release of 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2016-01-07Earlier today, the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services announced the release of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. You can review the full report or the Executive Summary at www.dietaryguidelines.gov. SNA staff are reviewing the report and will keep the membership informed through the Tuesday Morning e-newsletter and news stories as to anything needing attention. Much of the Dietary Guidelines remains the same as previous guidelines. However, there is a shifted focus on healthy eating patterns and emphasizing the importance of thinking of the totality of diets as they relate to disease outcomes. There is a focus on including a variety of proteins including low-fat and fat-free dairy. In addition, there are suggestions to reduce sodium and limit added sugars and saturated fats. School meals are in line with these recommendations and we look forward to seeing these shifts in diet patterns continue to be encouraged across environments.