U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar have announced the appointment of 20 nationally recognized scientists to serve on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The independent advisory committee will review scientific evidence on topics and questions identified by the departments and will provide a report on their findings to the secretaries. Their review, along with public and agency comments, will help inform the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s (USDA) and HHS’ development of the 2020–2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs).

Here is the list of DGA Committee members:

  • Jamy Ard (Wake Forest School of Medicine)
  • Regan Bailey (Purdue University)
  • Lydia Bazzano (Tulane University and Ochsner Health System)
  • Carol Boushey (University of Hawaii)
  • Teresa Davis (Baylor College of Medicine)
  • Kathryn Dewey (University of California, Davis)
  • Sharon Donovan (University of Illinois, Urbana)
  • Steven Heymsfield (Louisiana State University, Pennington Biomedical Research Center)
  • Ronald Kleinman (Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School)
  • Heather Leidy (University of Texas at Austin)
  • Richard Mattes (Purdue University)
  • Elizabeth Mayer-Davis (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Timothy Naimi (Boston University)
  • Rachel Novotny (University of Hawaii)
  • Joan Sabaté (Loma Linda University)
  • Barbara Schneeman (University of California, Davis)
  • Linda Snetselaar (University of Iowa)
  • Jamie Stang (University of Minnesota)
  • Elsie Taveras (Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard Chan School of Public Health)
  • Linda Van Horn (Northwestern University)

Mattes and Schneeman are both members of the Institute of Food Technologists.

The committee’s work will kick off at a public meeting to be announced in the coming weeks. The committee will review scientific evidence on specific nutrition and health related topics and scientific questions that, for the first time, reflect both public comments and federal agency input. Throughout their deliberations, the public and other stakeholders will be encouraged to provide comments and feedback.

The next edition of the DGA will continue to focus on dietary patterns of what Americans eat and drink as a whole, on average and over time, to help prevent disease and keep people healthy. Additionally, the review process will take a life-stage approach and will, for the first time, include pregnant women and children from birth to 24 months as mandated by the 2014 Farm Bill.

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