The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack have announced the appointment of 15 nationally recognized experts to serve on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The Committee’s recommendations and rationale will serve as a basis for the eighth edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
“As we aim to improve the health of all Americans, we look forward to the important work of this Committee,” said HHS Secretary Sebelius. “Their guidance will help shape recommendations on how we can all live healthier lives by eating a nutritious diet—a key factor in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.”
Among the individuals appointed to the Committee is Steven Clinton, a member of the Institute of Food Technologists. Clinton is the John B. and Jane T. McCoy Chair of Cancer Research, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center; and Professor, Division of Medical Oncology, Dept. of Internal Medicine, The Ohio State University School of Medicine. Clinton also holds appointments in the Dept. of Human Nutrition in the College of Education and Human Ecology and in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences in the College of Public Health. He is a physician-scientist who has devoted his career to research in cancer etiology and prevention.
Clinton’s research focuses on epidemiology, clinical trials, community research, and experimental models, as well as cell and molecular systems. He has published extensively on the role of dietary energy balance and obesity in cancer risk, on a variety of foods associated with cancer prevention properties, as well as on several nutrients including vitamin D, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin E. He served on the IOM Committee on Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin D and Calcium.