Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
Notice of Availability of the Final Report,
Public Meeting, and Public Comment Period
[Federal Register: February 18, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 34)]
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Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Research Service
Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
Office of Public Health and Science
Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee: Notice of Availability
of the Final Report, Public Meeting, and Public Comment Period
Agencies: Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department
of Health and
Human Services (HHS).
Summary: The Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (a) announce the
availability of the final Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory
Committee (the Committee) (b) solicit written comments on the
final Report, and (c) provide notice of a public meeting to solicit
oral comments on the Report. The meeting will be held at the
Jefferson Auditorium of the South Agriculture Building, 1400
Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC, near the Smithsonian
Metro Station. No registration is required to attend the public
meeting, but pre-registration is required to provide oral comments
at the meeting.
Dates: (a) Written comments on the Committee Report
can be submitted and must be received by the Agencies on or before
March 15, 2000. (b) The public meeting to solicit oral comments
on the Report will be held on March 10, 2000, from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. E.S.T.
Addresses: The final Report is available electronically
and in hard copy; for availability and contact and meeting addresses,
refer to Unit I. of the "Supplementary Information''
For Further Information Contact:
Shanthy Bowman, Ph.D., USDA, Agricultural Research Service, 10300
Baltimore Boulevard, Building 005, BARC-West, Beltsville, MD
20705-2350, (301) 504-0619;
Carole Davis, M.S., R.D., USDA Center for Nutrition Policy
and Promotion, 1120 20th St., NW, Suite 200 North Lobby, Washington,
DC 20036, (202) 418-2312; or
Kathryn McMurry, M.S., Office of Disease Prevention and Health
Promotion, Office of Public Health and Science, Room 738-G, 200
Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20201, (202) 205-4872.
I. General Information
A. How Can I Get a Copy of the Report?
Electronically, the Report can be downloaded from the Internet
in .PDF file format at http://www.ars.usda.gov/dgac. Hard copies
of the Report are available for review at the Reference Section
of the National Agricultural Library located at 10301 Baltimore
Boulevard, Beltsville, MD, 20705. The telephone number is (301)
B. How and to Whom Do I Submit Written Comments?
You may submit written comments to Shanthy Bowman, Ph.D.,
USDA, Agricultural Research Service, BHNRC/CNRG, 10300 Baltimore
Boulevard, Building 005, Room 125, BARC-West, Beltsville, MD,
20705-2350, (301) 504-0619, and Kathryn McMurry, M.S., DHHS,
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of
Public Health and Science, Room 738-G,
200 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20201, (202) 205-4872.
C. How Do I Register To Present Oral Comments?
Registration is required to provide oral input at the public
meeting on March 10, 2000. Requests to provide oral input at
the meeting should be submitted by 5:00 p.m. E.S.T., March 7,
2000, to Kathryn McMurry, M.S., DHHS, Office of Disease Prevention
and Health Promotion, (202) 205-4872
(phone), (202) 205-0463 (fax). Name of the presenter, organization
affiliation (if applicable), source of funding, and contact phone
number are required for registration. Registration is free. One
per organization will be selected on first come basis. Presentations
should be limited to three (3) minutes or less. Registration
will also be accepted at the meeting, if time slots are available.
Nutrition and Your Health: Dietary Guidelines for Americans,
published jointly by USDA and HHS, provides recommendations based
on current scientific knowledge about how dietary intake may
reduce risk for major chronic diseases and how a healthful diet
may improve nutrition. The guidelines form the basis of Federal
food, nutrition education, and information programs. First published
in 1980, Dietary Guidelines were revised in 1985,1990, and 1995.
Public Law 101-445, Section 3 requires review and revision as
necessary of the Dietary Guidelines every five years. This legislation
also requires review by the Secretaries of USDA and HHS of all
Federal dietary guidance-related
publications for the general public. The fifth edition of the
Dietary Guidelines for Americans is scheduled for release in
The 11 member Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee was jointly
appointed by the Secretaries of USDA and HHS in 1998, to review
the fourth edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to
determine if changes are needed, and if so, to recommend suggestions
for revision. The Committee, in the first meeting held in September
1998, determined that a revision was warranted. The Committee
has submitted its report to the Secretaries of Departments of
Agriculture and Health and Human
Services. This report will serve as the basis for the fifth edition
of Nutrition and Your Health: Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Dated: February 14, 2000.
Eileen T. Kennedy
Deputy Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics,
Department of Agriculture
Deputy Under Secretary, Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services,
Department of Agriculture
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Department
of Health and Human Services
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