WASHINGTON—The Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus (DSC) held a briefing on June 23 to inform our representatives about the important role of supplements in the shifting from reactive health care to a more preventive and wellness system. Held in conjunction with the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and the Natural Products Association (NPA), the luncheon briefing featured a presentation from David Grotto, RD, LDN, founder and president of Nutrition Housecall, and advisory board chair for the Produce for Kids® and PBS Kids™ health initiatives, who stressed dietary supplements are an important part of a well-rounded nutrition program, particularly for those who don’t get all their nutrients from food alone.
“We know that a healthy diet and lifestyle, along with appropriate dietary supplements, can really make a difference in helping to mitigate health problems, such as heart disease, cancer and stroke” Grotto said, adding many people have “lost touch” with the purpose of food and are not meeting the Dietary Guidelines. “We don’t always necessarily eat the best every day of the week, so it does make sense to include some responsible dietary supplements along with that.”
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), DSC co-chair, also spoke to attendees about the role of supplements in health and wellness, noting education on healthier lifestyles and diet can ultimately lead to reduced health care costs. “Supplements used properly help prevent disease and promote good health as part of an overall healthy lifestyle,” he said, noting “scientific evidence strongly suggests that the use of daily dietary supplements would be an effective way to address nutritional gaps” in deficient populations.