California Central Coast MOAA Members


Fires . . . Floods . . . Funerals . . . Friends . . . Family . . . and First Responders, in January of 2018, these are among the things that we all dealt with along the Central Coast. As individuals, each day we are dealing with the blessings, difficulties, opportunities and challenges of our own lives. However, as we have committed, if we are to “Continue to Serve”, we must address not only our own personal issues, but the issues of others in our community, state and country as well.

Last year at this time we were fortunate to participate in a presentation by the Mighty Oaks Warriors, a “Faith Based” program addressing problems such as the devastating effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD), which are faced by too many members of our armed forces and their families. At our upcoming February 9th luncheon, we will be having an update on the amazing impact that this program continues to have on the lives of so many military families. Learn what last year’s contributions and efforts have enabled, and what we can do this year to continue our support.

As we did last year, we have again invited the Members, Families and Friends of the Vandenberg Chapter of MOWW, and the Marine Corps League’s Central Coast Detachment 680. Our speaker, Jamie Warner, West Coast Regional Facilitator, will again be discussing the Who, What, Why, Where, When and How the Might Oaks Warriorsuses Faith in something greater than oneself to refocus challenged lives into becoming productive and serving others.

Finally, again please note that accompanying your copy of the February 2018 Coastal Clarion, you will find our Chapter’s 2018 Dues Letter (also you may click here for a Word Copy). If you have not already done so, please complete the form and submit it ASAP, along with your reservations for this month’s CCCC MOAA meeting on February 9th.

Capt. Dave




Prior newsletters for your review, all are in Adobe Reader .pdf format:


      February, 2018
January, 2018 December, 2017 November, 2017 October, 2017
September, 2017 June, 2017 May, 2017 April, 2017



By: Bob & Margie Moynihan

Lessons from 40 years of Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The history of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) provides a fascinating glimpse into what has stayed the same (eat plenty of fruits and veggies) and what has changed (dietary cholesterol isn’t so evil after all) in the past four decades.

The DGA have amassed immense influence since the first ones were published in 1980. All U.S. nutrition policy, dietary guidance and feeding programs must align with the DGA.

In 1977, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Nutrition issued Dietary Goals for the United States. “We have entered a new era in nutrition, when the lack of essential nutrients no longer is the major nutritional problem facing most American people. In 1977 “Evidence suggests that the major problems of heart disease, hypertension, cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases are significantly related to diet. We believe it is essential to convey to the public the current state of knowledge about the potential benefits of modifying dietary habits”

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans have evolved over the last 35 years as new information has become available. Every 5 years, the USDA and HHS appoint a Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) made up (usually) of 11 nutrition and health experts. The DGAC reviews previous DGA versions and current scientific evidence on nutrition and takes public comments.

Since 1980, some DGA recommendations haven’t changed. Eating a variety of foods, keeping your intake of sodium and alcohol moderate, and maintaining a healthy weight are all still good ideas. But some things have changed – a lot. Evidence on how the total dietary fat and cholesterol relate to heart disease is now clearer, as is the science on added sugar.

2015–2020: Getting Better All the Time

The title of the latest DGA reflect that they cover a 5-year span, not just a single year. That change is welcome, as is the recommendation about coffee—you will be glad to know the DGAC concluded that moderate consumption of coffee is part of a healthy diet. Low-calorie sweeteners, especially aspartame, were reviewed and deemed safe.