DAIRY FOOD AND HEALTH IN MULTIETHIC POPULATIONS
In the US, minority ethnic groups have higher incidence rates of diseases historically considered of public health concern such as, heart disease, hypertension, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle modification, including adherence to a healthy dietary pattern (e.g., DASH or Mediterranean Diet) is one of the first strategies recommended to reduce the risk of those chronic diseases. However, data on diet, dietary patterns, and health in different racial and ethnic groups is limited. Additionally, the most recent Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report acknowledged that additional research is needed to better understand the relationship between foods, like dairy, and dietary patterns on health outcomes in diverse ethnic groups. Accordingly, National Dairy Council is seeking pre-proposals on the relationship between diet patterns that includes dairy foods and chronic disease risk in minority ethnic populations within the US. Prospective observational studies and/or dietary intervention trials will be considered.