Dietary Guidelines are published every several years with input from National Health organizations and others. 

 Culling information from these reports, University of Illinois Extension Extension Educator: SNAP Education-Jessica Gadomski MS, RD, LDN prepared a presentation regarding these guidelines. Some of her initial observations are quite concerning:

About half of all American adults (117 million people) have one or more preventable, chronic disease-many related to poor quality eating patterns and physical inactivity

•Rates of these diseases increasing

•Cost to treat these diseases high and increasing (2012 cost of obesity medical costs approx. $147 BILLION) 

Recommendations intended to help individuals 2 years of age and older improve and maintain overall health and reduce risk of chronic disease (focus is not on disease treatment but prevention)

Used to develop Federal food, nutrition and health policies and programs

*Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, overweight and obesity

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