The Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus, in cooperation with the Council for Responsible Nutrition and the Natural Products Association, last month hosted a lunch briefing aimed at educating Congressional staffers on important issues related to the dietary supplement industry. William Cooper, medical director of cardiovascular surgery at Wellstar-Kennestone Hospital, spoke to more than 90 attendees on June 3 about the importance of using dietary supplements as part of an overall healthy lifestyle. Cooper also offered advice for how supplements can play an important role in prevention and healthcare reform. “When you get to me, you really don’t want to buy what I’m selling,” Cooper said, referring to his heart surgery specialty. “As a nation, we are consistently inconsistent. But there are simple things that all of us can do every day to better our health — and that includes taking dietary supplements.” Cooper said that he personally takes fiber, fish oil supplements and a multivitamin every day.