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AMI and NAMA Join Leading Food Groups to Create 'Back to Balance Coalition'

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

(American Meat Institute)

AMI and the North American Meat Association (NAMA) joined 20 food organizations to form Back to Balance Coalition , aimed at promoting balanced, practical and achievable dietary guidance in response to public policy efforts that seek to restrict the consumption of certain foods. Leading nutrition experts and food groups have signed the Coalition's united agreement, entitled "Encouraging Balance in Dietary Guidance," which calls for dietary guidance to affirm core values of balance, variety and moderation, and encourages the dissemination of practical, how-to advice to guide food choices.

The Coalition commissioned a survey of 300 registered dietitian nutritionists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, finding that more than 90 percent support non-restrictive, practical, achievable dietary guidelines that convey balance, variety and moderation while also accounting for cultural and taste preferences. More than half of the healthcare professionals surveyed indicated that public policy that restricts certain foods, or classifies some foods as "bad," is ineffective at improving health and nutrition outcomes.

A complete list of coalition members and supporters, as well as informational resources, statements and poll results can be found on the Coalition's website.

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