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THE TOPIC: The agenda for action from the National Nutrition Summit.


"For millions of families, when they don't have enough money to buy food, they go hungry. But, when they have only a little money, they tend to buy low-cost foods which may or may not have all the nutrients they need. So our challenge isn't only to ensure that people have enough food to eat, but that they have the resources and access to enough of the right foods," says U.S. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman.

"This National Nutrition Summit has allowed us to reflect on the achievements since the landmark White House Conference on Food and Nutrition 30 years ago," says Bruce Rohde, Chairman and CEO of ConAgra Inc. "Let us consider the legacy of this Summit. We will have accomplished a great deal if we can say that this is where we took the first steps toward creating a new American way of living …including a balance of sound dietary choices and physical activity…a way of living that embraces healthfulness not as a duty or a chore, but as a path to a richer, fuller quality of life."

"The purpose of dietary guidance is to direct consumers towards healthier lifestyles. The current message environment has left consumers feeling guilty and confused," says Sylvia Rowe, President and CEO of the International Food Information Council (IFIC). "The challenge ahead is to work together and build a new conversation with consumers."


"Three elements of this Summit are particularly striking: the sustained impact of the Dietary Guidelines as a focus for shaping our national nutrition agenda; the broad commitment of multiple sectors to making these Guidelines work; and the incorporation of physical activity as a central component of that commitment," says J. Michael McGinnis, Senior Vice President and Director of the Health Group at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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