The Nutrition Coalition is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization that aims to educate the public and policy makers about the need to strengthen national nutrition policy so that it is founded upon a comprehensive body of conclusive science, and where that science is absent, to encourage additional research.
The Coalition launched in October 2015 out of concern that the Dietary Guidelines for Americans have not been able to stem the growing tide of obesity and diabetes in America. The Guidelines do not appear to reflect the most conclusive and current science available. The Coalition believes that a thorough and transparent process for developing new guidelines is needed to ensure that dietary advice to Americans is based on rigorous science. Towards this end, the Coalition will educate policy makers, stakeholders, and the public.
The overall goal of the Nutrition Coalition is to advocate for national nutrition policy that both preserves good health and fights the major nutrition-related diseases of our time.
Specific goals include:
- Educating policy makers, stakeholders, and the public about the need for conclusive science that can, among other things, combat obesity and diabetes;
- Educating policy makers, stakeholders, and the public about solutions for reform, including better safeguards against bias of all kinds, greater transparency about potential conflicts of interest, systematic examination of longstanding but possibly erroneous beliefs, and the need for greater methodological rigor, including the clear prioritization of human clinical trials over observational data;
- Advocating for nutrition policy that reflects the most current and comprehensive assessment of the conclusive scientific evidence to date; and
- Advocating for clinical trial research funding, where conclusive evidence is lacking.
Wherever nutrition policy clearly deviates from the best and most current science, the Coalition is committed to working towards correcting this divergence. Wherever evidence is lacking, the Coalition is committed to driving existing funds toward relevant research as well as increasing funds for research overall. And until conclusive data is available, the Coalition believes that policy should simply inform rather than advise the public, according to the principle to “first, do no harm.”
Scientific Advisory Council:
Our council of nutrition and health experts represents a diversity of opinions on nutritional issues yet shares a common goal of shaping nutrition policy in order to help Americans be healthier. Since launching, The Nutrition Coalition has worked as a broad-based, informal consortium that includes some of the world’s leading nutrition and chronic disease experts. With the November 2015 announcement of Dr. Hallberg’s new leadership role, TNC is formalizing its Science Advisory Council which will now focus on organizing for nutrition public policy advocacy in 2016.
- Cheryl Achterberg, PhD, Dean, The Ohio State University, College of Education and Human Ecology, inaugural dean of the College of Human Sciences, appointed to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (2010)
- Mark Cucuzzella, MD, Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Director, Pre-Doctoral Family Medicine Education and Faculty Rural Family Medicine Residency Program of West Virginia University; Lt. Col., US Air Force Reserves
- David Diamond, PhD, Director, USF Center for Preclinical and Clinical Research on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Director, USF Neuroscience Collaborative Program adjunct appointment in: Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology College of Medicine, University of South Florida
- Carrie Diulus, MD Orthopedic Spine Surgeon at Crystal Clinic Spine Wellness Center in Akron, Ohio. Prior to joining the Crystal Clinic in 2014, Dr. Diulus was a spine surgeon in the Center for Spine Health at the Cleveland Clinic. She is the CEO and founder of Speira Health (formerly C. Diulus, LLC) as well as a Senior Clinical Associate for Tres Rios Group and Amati Health. She served as Medical Director within the Information Technology Division at the Cleveland Clinic from 2011-2014.
- Sarah Hallberg, DO, MS, Medical Director and Founder, Indiana University-Arnett Health Medical Weight Loss Program, Diplomate, American Board of Obesity Medicine and American Board of Clinical Lipidology, ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Adjunct Professor Indiana University School of Medicine
- Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD, FACE, Medical Director, Obesity Clinical Program at Joslin Clinic, Director of the Inpatient Diabetes Program, Clinical Investigator and senior adult Endocrinologist at Joslin Diabetes Center, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
- Richard Jacoby, DPM, Co-founder, Scottsdale Healthcare Wound Management Center. Jacoby is a leading peripheral nerve surgeon, specializing in progressive damage to the nerves that often results from diabetes; Past president, the Association of the Extremity Nerve Surgeons, Author, Sugar Crush
- Jeffrey Mechanick, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Director of Metabolic Support in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City. Dr. Mechanick has authored more than 200 publications in Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Nutrition Support, five books and 50 original peer-reviewed papers. The Immediate Past President of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), he is also Past President of the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists and a former member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) Science Board. He currently serves as Lead Editor of the PCFSN “Research Digest.” He also serves as Chair, Core International Committee, for AACE’s Transcultural Diabetes Nutrition Algorithm Working Group
- Ronesh Sinha, M.D., Sutter Health, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and author of The South Asian Health Solution: A Culturally Tailored Guide to Lose Fat, Increase Energy, and Avoid Disease.
- Jeff Volek, PhD RD Professor, Department of Human Sciences, The Ohio State University. A world-renowned expert in low carbohydrate research, Dr. Volek focuses on the clinical application of ketogenic diets, especially the management of insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes, as well as athletic performance and recovery. He has been invited to lecture on his research hundreds of times at scientific and industry conferences in a dozen countries. His scholarly work includes 300+ peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and five books, including a New York Times Best Seller.
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