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USDA taking nominations for Dietary Guidelines Committee

The USDA and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are accepting nominations to the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC). This independent advisory committee will review the scientific evidence to help inform the next edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and HHS Secretary Alex Azar will consider the scientific review as they oversee development of, and approve, the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, according to a USDA press release. The deadline to submit nominations for the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is Oct. 6 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

The next edition of the guidelines will take a life stage approach, reflecting an expansion to include pregnant women and children from birth to 24 months as mandated by the 2014 farm bill. The scientific review conducted by the advisory committee will be guided by topics and supporting questions that reflect earlier public comments, and focus on patterns of what we eat and drink to help prevent disease and keep people healthy. The government is seeking nominations that reflect expertise related to these areas.

Information on how to submit nominations, factors USDA and HHS will consider in selecting the committee members, and the updated topics and supporting scientific questions are available at

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans serves as the cornerstone of federal nutrition programs and policies, providing food-based recommendations to help prevent diet-related chronic diseases and promote overall health. According to the National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act of 1990, the guidelines are mandated to reflect the preponderance of scientific evidence, and are published jointly by USDA and HHS every five years. For more information, visit