[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 70 (Thursday, April 10, 2008)]
[Pages 19454-19455]
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[FR Doc No: E8-7614]

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Announcement of Intent To Establish the 2010 Dietary Guidelines 
Advisory Committee and Solicitation of Nominations for Membership

AGENCIES: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food, Nutrition, and 
Consumer Services (FNCS) and Research, Education and Economics (REE); 
and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of 
Public Health and Science (OPHS).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and 
Human Services announce the intent to establish a Dietary Guidelines 
Advisory Committee and invite nominations for the Committee.

DATES: Nominations must be submitted by close of business on May 24, 

ADDRESSES: Nominations may be submitted by electronic mail to 
DG2010Nominations@cnpp.usda.gov. This address can be obtained through 
our Web site at www.cnpp.usda.gov. Alternatively, nominations may be 
sent to the following address: Carole Davis, Nutrition Promotion Staff 
Director, Co-Executive Secretary of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory 
Committee, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, U.S. Department 
of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1034, Alexandria, VA 
22302, (703)-305-7600 (telephone), (703)-305-3300 (fax).

Davis (telephone 703-305-7600), Center for Nutrition Policy and 
Promotion, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1034, Alexandria, Virginia 
22302; or, Shanthy Bowman, (telephone 301-504-0619), Agricultural 
Research Service, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, 10300 
Baltimore Avenue, Bldg. 005, Room 125, BARC-WEST, Beltsville, Maryland 
20705. HHS Co-Executive Secretaries: Kathryn McMurry (telephone 240-
453-8280) or Holly McPeak (telephone 240-453-8280), Office of Disease 
Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of Public Health and Science, 
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite LL100, Rockville, Maryland 20852. 
Additional information is available on the Internet at http://www.cnpp.usda.gov.

    Authority and Purpose: The formation of this Committee is necessary 
and in the public interest. The Committee will be established in 
accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. Appendix 
2. Section 301 of the National Nutrition Monitoring and Related 
Research Act of 1990, 7 U.S.C. 5341, requires the Secretaries of HHS 
and USDA to publish the Dietary Guidelines for Americans at least every 
five years. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans contain nutrition and 
dietary information for the general public over 2 years of age. Because 
of its focus on health promotion and risk reduction, the Dietary 
Guidelines form the basis for Federal food and nutrition policy and 
education activities. The information and key recommendations of the 
Dietary Guidelines for Americans are based on the preponderance of 
scientific and medical knowledge which is current at the time.
    The Dietary Guidelines were first published by HHS and USDA in 
1980, with revisions in 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2005. Beginning with 
the 1985 edition, HHS and USDA have appointed a Dietary Guidelines 
Advisory Committee of prominent experts in nutrition and health to make 
recommendations regarding the Dietary Guidelines.
    Structure: The Committee will evaluate whether a revision of the 
2005 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans is warranted, 
based on a thorough evaluation of the most current scientific and 
applied literature and, if so, will proceed to develop recommendations 
for these revisions in an advisory report to the Secretaries of 
Agriculture and Health and Human Services. The Committee is expected to 
begin meeting during the Fall of 2008 and will hold two- or three-day 
meetings, on four or possibly five occasions over the course of its 
appointment. Pursuant to the requirements of the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act, the meetings will be open to the public. After all 
meetings have concluded, the Committee will prepare a report of its 
    For those interested in the 2005 edition of the advisory report, it 
is available electronically at http://www.healthierus.gov/dietaryguidelines. A limited number of hard copies are available upon 
request from the USDA or HHS Co-Executive Secretaries listed above.
    Prospective members of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory 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. Expertise is sought in specific specialty areas, including 
but not limited to, the prevention of chronic diseases (e.g., cancer, 
cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis), 
energy balance (including physical activity), epidemiology, food safety 
and technology, general medicine, gerontology, nutrient 
bioavailability, nutrition biochemistry and physiology, nutrition 
education, pediatrics, public health, and evidence review methodology.
    Nominations: The Departments will consider nominations for 
Committee membership of individuals qualified to carry out the above-
mentioned tasks. A nomination should include, at a minimum, the 
following for each nominee: (1) A letter of nomination that clearly 
states the name and affiliation of the nominee, the basis for the 
nomination (i.e., specific attributes which qualify the nominee for 
service in this capacity), and a statement that the nominee would be 
willing to serve as a member of the Committee, if selected; (2) the 
nominator's name, address and daytime telephone number, and the 
address, telephone number and electronic mail address of the individual 
being nominated; and (3) a copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae.
    Equal opportunity practices regarding membership appointments to 
the Committee, will be aligned with USDA and HHS policies. To ensure 

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recommendations of the Committee take into account the needs of the 
diverse groups served by USDA and HHS, membership shall include, to the 
extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent 
minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

    Dated: March 26, 2008.
Nancy Montanez Johner,
Under Secretary,Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services,U.S. Department 
of Agriculture.
    Dated: March 31, 2008.
Gale A. Buchanan,
Under Secretary,Research, Education, and Economics,U.S. Department of 
    Dated: April 3, 2008.
Joxel Garcia,
Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human 
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