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SPH researcher appointed to 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the appointment of 15 nationally recognized experts to serve on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

Mary Story, Ph.D., R.D., Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health is among the newly appointed committee members.

The Committee’s recommendations and rationale will serve as a basis for the eighth edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which serve as the foundation for national nutrition programs, standards, and education.

In addition, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans provide key recommendations for the general population as well as specific population groups to help people choose an overall healthy diet that works for them.

Every five years, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans are updated and published jointly by HHS and USDA. The administrative responsibility for leading the process alternates between Departments. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at HHS is the administrative lead for the 2015 process.

“I am pleased and honored to serve on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee,” said Story. “The Dietary Guidelines for Americans provide healthy eating advice, but importantly, they are the basis of all federal nutrition policy. My career has been focused on promoting healthy eating so this is a wonderful opportunity for me.”

The inaugural meeting of the Committee is scheduled for June 13-14, 2013 and will be open to the public. For additional information, please visit: www.DietaryGuidelines.gov.

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