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April 14, 1989

National Research Council Adds Its Voice to Campaign for a More Healthy US Diet

JAMA. 1989;261(14):2019-2020. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420140019005

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BY CHANGING fare at the table, Americans can reduce their risk for disorders including cancer, diabetes, and atherosclerosis, according to a 19-member National Research Council panel.

The council conducts studies "in the public interest" for the congressionally chartered National Academy of Sciences and of Engineering, Washington, DC, and this is believed to be the first time one of its panels has made such definitive recommendations in this area. It follows, by about 7 months, the Report on Nutrition and Health of the surgeon general of the Public Health Service, C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD.

Available in Two Months  The panel's report, Diet and Health: Implications for Reducing Chronic Disease Risk, will be published in June. The three-year examination of nearly 6000 studies was funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, Fannie E. Rippel Foundation, Occidental Petroleum Corp, and National Research Council Fund.