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On December 29, 2020 the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS).  ASN and its members played a critical role in the development of this most recent edition.  Sixteen of the 20 appointees to the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, the group responsible for the development of the Scientific Report underlying the Dietary Guidelines, are ASN members.

With the publication of the latest edition of the Dietary Guidelines, ASN wanted to ensure that our members had the information needed to best navigate the publication and understand the scientific review process that informed its recommendations.  Moreover, we wanted to help members identify ways that they could impact the development of future recommendations, including designing studies to fill in critical research gaps.  With that goal in mind, ASN, with the support of Nutrition on Demand, launched a three-part webinar series, “Understanding and Using the New 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.”  ASN members and the general public are welcome to access the slides and recordings of each of the webinars at any time.

Access the slides and recordings of this three-part webinar series!

Below is a brief summary of what you’ll learn in each of the three webinars:

Webinar One: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Development of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Broadcast: January 22, 2021

The first webinar of the series focuses on the process behind the development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, beginning with the nomination and selection process for the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.  Next, the webinar explores the three rigorous, protocol-driven approaches that the Advisory Committee applied to evaluate the current evidence base linking diet to human health and well-being.  Finally, viewers learn how USDA and HHS translated the Advisory Committee’s findings into the current edition of the Dietary Guidelines.

All three speakers played a critical role in the development of the Dietary Guidelines: Barbara Schneeman, PhD, was the Chair of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, whereas Janet M. de Jesus, MS, RD, with HHS, and Eve Essery Stoody, PhD, with USDA, were Lead Administrative Support and Co-Executive Secretary of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, respectively.  This webinar was moderated by Richard Mattes, PhD, RD, Past President of ASN and member of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

Webinar Two: Utilizing Evidence Gaps Identified by the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report to Inform Research Priorities, Broadcast: February 10, 2021

This webinar examines the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s work in identifying knowledge gaps in nutrition science and public health and how the Committee then recommends new research avenues to advance our understanding of nutrition and support the development of future Dietary Guidelines.  The discussion is particularly helpful for funding organizations and researchers in setting their own research goals and priorities.  In addition, the webinar highlights how the Advisory Committee grades the evidence under review and reaches consensus in order to make its recommendations.

The three speakers were Emily Callahan, MS, Analyst at the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS); Regan Bailey, PhD, MPH, RD, CPH, member of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee; and Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, Vice-Chair of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and member of the 2000 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.  The discussion was moderated by Cheryl A. M. Anderson, PhD, MPH, MS, member of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

Webinar Three: Designing, Implementing and Presenting Research to Be Reviewed by the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, Broadcast: March 10, 2021

The 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee employed three rigorous, protocol-driven approaches to conduct scientific reviews of the evidence.  These systematic reviews were carried out with the support of the USDA’s Nutrition Evidence Systematic Review (NESR) staff.  During this webinar, viewers are given an insider’s view of how NESR conducted its systematic reviews, including how they managed inclusion criteria and risk of bias.  In particular, this webinar will help nutrition scientists design studies and publish their findings in accordance with NESR methodology so that their research can be included in the future literature review that will lead to the 2025 Dietary Guidelines.

The three speakers were Julie E. Obbagy, PhD, RD, Nutritionist at USDA FNS CNPP; Joanne M. Spahn, MS, RDN, FADA, Nutritionist at USDA FNS CNPP; and Jamy Ard, MD, member of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.  Tricia Psota, PhD, RDN, Managing Director at Nutrition on Demand, was the moderator.


ASN is accredited and approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration as a provider of Continuing Professional Education programs for Registered Dietitians.  For those interested in obtaining continuing education credit for attending this webinar series, ASN has designated this webinar series as an educational activity, with a maximum of 3 CPEUs for viewing all three webinars.  Registered dietitians and dietetic technicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  To claim credit, please take the post-webinar evaluation provided after each webinar.

Upcoming ASN Webinar: Research Designs to Account for Diversity and Inclusiveness and Impact Food Guidance Policy

March 11, 2022, 12:30 – 2:00 PM EST

This webinar focuses on the consideration of diversity and inclusion when conducting research to inform and implement food and nutrition guidance policy. This webinar is part of the CASP Nutrition Policy Webinar series, designed to help ASN members better understand the interface between research and nutrition policy.

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