AAA Dietary Reference Intake and Nutrition Program

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What is DRI?

Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) is a system of nutrition recommendations introduced in 1997 that uses reference values of nutrients. DRIs are the basis for assessing and planning diets and federal nutrition and food programs.

In accordance with the Older Americans Act, Section 339, Nutrition, a state that establishes and operates a nutrition project under this chapter shall ensure the project provides to each participating individual a minimum of 33.3 percent of the dietary reference intakes.

In 2010, the state contracted with Meals on Wheels Association of America to assist with the implementation of DRI and Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) in Texas. This website is provided to aid the AAAs, nutrition service providers and nutritionists in their conversion to the DRI system.

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