WASHINGTON—“Cholesterol kills,” warn billboards near the Texas home offices of Agriculture Committee chairman Rep. K. Michael Conaway. The Physicians Committee—a nonprofit of 12,000 doctors—is appealing to Rep. Conaway with the billboards and a letter after he convened an October congressional hearing over the Agriculture Committee’s “concerns with the process of developing the Dietary Guidelines,” which are poised to remove cholesterol warnings when they are released in December.
“During the Oct. 7 hearing on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, I’m urging the federal government to keep disease-fighting cholesterol warnings in the final guidelines. House Agriculture Committee chairman Rep. K. Michael Conaway can help protect public health by ensuring that Tom Vilsack, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health, and Sylvia Mathews Burwell, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, remain vigilant about cholesterol.
The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that will be released later this year will likely make a huge step forward by removing “lean meat” from its list of favored foods—unless the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association gets its way.
WASHINGTON—The Education and Training (EAT) for Health Act of 2015 (H.R. 3057), introduced by Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today, aims to ensure that federally employed physicians and nurse practitioners receive continuing nutrition education. The bill, supported by the Physicians Committee—a nonprofit of 12,000 physicians—would give health care professionals the knowledge to help patients use good nutrition to fight obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic disease.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced June 12 that all chimpanzees—captive and wild—will get expanded protections under the Endangered Species Act. Read a statement by John J. Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C., director of academic affairs.
Earlier this year, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released its recommendations. These recommendations are currently under federal review, with a modified version passing into law later in the year.
The Physicians Committee applauds the progress of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (CS21). The amended bill will help replace and reduce animal-based chemical tests and increase the use of human-relevant methods.
As a doctor in my final year of family medicine residency, the issue of nutrition education for medical school students is particularly significant to me. The influx of chronic disease in America is linked to what we’re eating. This is why the ENRICH Act, which will expand the nutrition curriculum offered at medical schools, is so important.