First public meetings to be held for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines

May 30, 2013

The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) are holding a public meeting of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) on June 13, 2013, from 8:30–11:30 a.m. and June 14, 2013, from 8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m. in Bethesda, Md. The meeting will be accessible by webcast or by attendance in-person.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans was issued voluntarily by HHS and USDA in 1980, 1985, and 1990; the 1995 edition was the first statutorily mandated report, followed by subsequent editions every five years. To assist with satisfying the mandate, a discretionary federal advisory committee is established every five years to provide independent, science-based advice and recommendations. The DGAC consists of a panel of experts who are selected from the public/private sector.

At this meeting, the Committee will be oriented to the Dietary Guidelines revision process and begin its deliberations. The meeting agenda will include (a) review of operations for the Committee members, (b) presentations on the history of the Dietary Guidelines and how they are used, (c) presentation on USDA’s Nutrition Evidence Library, and (d) plans for future Committee work.

Written comments will be accepted throughout the Committee’s deliberative process. Opportunities to present oral comments to the Committee will be provided at a future meeting. Written comments should be submitted by June 5 to ensure transmission to the Committee prior to this meeting.

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