Celebrities Caucus for Plant-Powered Dietary Guidelines
Actress and best-selling author Marilu Henner encouraged congressional staffers to “change your palate, change your life … and learn to love the food that loves you” at a Capitol Hill event hosted by Physicians Committee and the Congressional Vegetarian Staff Association this January.
At the event, Physicians Committee president Neal Barnard, M.D., led Henner, author Kathy Freston, and documentary filmmaker James Costa in a lively and informative discussion on the outcome of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s public meetings, which concluded the day before.
“The Dietary Guidelines determine what Americans eat—they are the blueprint for school lunches, WIC, and every other nutrition program—and they play a pivotal role in America’s health,” said Dr. Barnard. “Bad diets now cause 7 out of 10 deaths in the United States. Improving the Dietary Guidelines could significantly lower this toll.”
The speakers outlined a clear path to improved health in the United States. Freston and Henner also offered personal advice to staffers: “People are either ‘turkeys’ or ‘weaners,’” Henner said, “they have to go cold turkey or wean themselves off of it.”
“The trick is leaning into diet change,” Freston added. “Inch your way into healthy food.”