Who We Are

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Who we are:

The Nutrition Coalition (TNC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan educational organization, founded in 2015, with the primary goal of ensuring that U.S. nutrition policy is based on rigorous scientific evidence. We promote the importance of adopting a state-of-the-art scientific process for ensuring evidence-based nutrition policy.

TNC is actively building a broad and diverse coalition of scientists, health-care practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and concerned citizens to fight nutrition-related chronic diseases in America through rigorous science, education, and effective communication. We invite you to join us. Together, we can change the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, improve public health, and reduce related medical costs, for generations to come.

Vision:

Our vision is for reliable nutrition policy based on the most up-to-date and rigorous evidence in order to inform a healthier America, where the rates of chronic diseases, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease, are significantly reduced.

Mission:

Our mission is to educate policy makers and the public about the need to strengthen national nutrition policy by founding it upon a comprehensive body of rigorous science, and, where that science is lacking, to encourage additional research.

Goals:

TNC’s goal is to promote and eventually enact national nutrition policy that is based on the best possible scientific evidence, in order to both preserve good health and fight the major nutrition-related diseases of our time. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, considered to be the gold standard of evidence by most medical and health organizations worldwide, must be reformed so that they are evidence-based, grounded in rigorous science, and evaluated according to state-of-the-art systematic reviews.

Wherever nutrition policy clearly deviates from the best and most current scientific research, TNC is committed to working toward 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, TNC believes that policy should simply inform rather than advise the public, according to the principle to “first, do no harm.”

What we are not:

We do not endorse any particular diet. Our aim is to ensure that policy is based on rigorous science. Wherever that science leads, TNC will follow.

What we have accomplished so far:

In 2015, TNC helped encourage the U.S. Congress to mandate that the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) conduct the first-ever outside peer review of the DGA process. In a report published in September 2017, NASEM found that this process falls short of meeting the “best practices for conducting systematic reviews,” and that the “methodological approaches and scientific rigor for evaluating the scientific evidence” need to “be strengthened.” The report states: “To develop a trustworthy DGAs, the process needs to be redesigned.”

Our funding:

TNC is an independent, science-based group that exists purely in the public interest, free from any industry interest. TNC is funded by hundreds of individual donors and does not accept support of any kind from any interested industry. Click here if you’d like to give a tax-deductible donation.