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Nutrition & Health Public Policy Event

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The event is being hosted by Dr. Besnilian’s Dietetic Internship Program. All of the Los Angeles Dietetic Interns will be in attendance as part of their Monday consortium.


Learn About:
~ Innovative nutrition and health policies affecting professionals and the public.
~ How local health departments, community organizations, and policymakers collaborate to enhance our public’s health.
~ Ways to take action and get involved in public policy!

Students will hear and get to rub elbows with amazing speakers including San Fernando Valley’s representative in Washington, DC, Congressman Tony Cardenas, Seventh District Council Member Felipe Fuentes, and Matt Sharp of California Food Polic...

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FDA Proposes Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts label, which has not been updated since 2003. Michael Landa, the director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition says, “Obesity, heart disease and other chronic diseases are leading public health problems. The proposed new label is intended to bring attention to calories and serving sizes, which are important in addressing these problems. Further, we are now proposing to require the listing of added sugars.”


The proposed changes include:

  • Listing calories in bigger and bolder type.
  • Including the amount of “Added Sugars.” Americans currently consume 16 percent of their calories from sugars added during food processing and production.
  • No longer listing calories from fat. Total, saturated an...
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SDFSA Trans Fat Comment Campaign

Last year the FDA made a preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the main dietary source of artificial trans fat, are not “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS). If finalized, this would mean food manufacturers would no longer be able to use PHOs in their products or sell them directly to consumers without approval from the FDA.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), removing PHOs from the American diet could prevent 10,000 to 20,000 heart attacks and 3,000 to 7,000 coronary deaths every year. The scientific literature since 2003 has confirmed that consuming any amount of trans fat results in an increased risk for coronary heart disease, and the effect is stronger than that of consuming saturated fats.

The FDA is asking for public comments and scien...

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