U.S.D.A. to fill Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced its intent to establish the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and is seeking nominations for the committee.

Background information on the guidelines and parameters for inclusion on the committee were published in the April 10 Federal Register.

According to the H.H.S., prospective members of the committee "should be knowledgeable of current scientific research in human nutrition and be respected and published experts in their fields. They should be familiar with the purpose, communication, and application of the Dietary Guidelines and have demonstrated interest in the public’s health and well-being through their research and/or educational endeavors."

The H.H.S. said expertise is sought in specific specialty areas, including but not limited to, the prevention of chronic diseases, energy balance, epidemiology, food safety and technology, general medicine, gerontology, nutrient bioavailability, nutrition biochemistry and physiology, nutrition education, pediatrics, public health, and evidence review methodology.

The Dietary Guidelines were first published in 1980 and are subject to review at least every five years. Since 1985 the H.H.S. has appointed a Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to make recommendations regarding the guidelines.

The committee is expected to begin meeting during the fall and will hold two- or three-day meetings, on four or possibly five occasions over the course of its appointment.

For more information visit www.cnpp.usda.gov.

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