Meeting Invitation: The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines: What Are They, How Have They Changed, and How Can You Use Them in Practice?

Meeting Description:

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) are updated by law every five years. The 8th edition, DGA 2015-2020 was released in January, 2016.  Sign up for a National Diabetes Education Program webinar explaining the updates and describing how diabetes and health educators can incorporate the recommendations to help their clients.

Two nutrition experts will discuss recommendations for developing healthier eating patterns, suggestions for small, manageable dietary changes, and resources for putting the DGA into practice.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:  

  • Explain the purpose of the DGA, how they have changed, and how they should be used in diabetes education.
  • Describe the impact changes the guidelines can have on the broader public health nutrition world.  
  • Name the tools to apply the recommendations in public health.
  • Identify aspects of culture that can facilitate the use of the dietary guidelines.

This program has been approved for CNE, CEU, CECH and CPH credit. No fees are charged for CDC's CE activities. To receive credit: (a) complete the activity; (b) complete the evaluation at; and (c) pass the posttest with 60% at

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Date: Thu, Nov 3, 2016
Time: 03:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): National Diabetes Education Program

Presenter Information

Jennifer Seymour, Ph.D.

Senior Policy Advisor
Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Dr. Seymour addresses the scientific and policy implications of nutrition and obesity interventions at the CDC.  She has been the CDC’s lead for the development of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015, the Healthy Weight Commitment Evaluation Advisory Committee, and Feeding America’s Nutrition Advisory Team.  She is a member of the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research and was CDC’s lead scientific reviewer for HBO’s Weight of the Nation documentary series

Lorena Drago MS, RD, CDN, CDE

Hispanic Foodways

Ms. Drago is an expert in developing culturally and ethnically-oriented nutrition and diabetes education materials such as the Nutriportion™ Measuring Cups and the Nutriportion™ Hispanic Food Cards. She specializes in the multicultural aspects of diabetes self-management education. She has served in the boards of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition and is an award-winning author of various diabetes books and chapters.

Betsy Rodríguez, RN, MSN, CDE

Deputy Director
National Diabetes Education Program
Division of Diabetes Translation
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ms. Rodríguez is a diabetes educator and health disparities supporter  for the health and well-being of racial and ethnic minorities and vulnerable populations in the United States and Latin America. She works as a bicultural specialist in health communication strategies and development of diabetes educational resources for Hispanics/Latinos, such as the “Tasty Recipes for People with Diabetes and their Families” bilingual recipe booklet.

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