Georgetown Dean Tapped for U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
June 5, 2013 – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have appointed Georgetown’s Lucile Adams-Campbell as one of only 15 members of the agencies’ 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC).
The committee’s recommendations and rationale will serve as a basis for the eighth edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
“I'm proud to be part of a committee charged with taking an evidence-based approach to reviewing our country's nutritional guidelines,” said Adams-Campbell, associate dean for community health and outreach for Georgetown University Medical Center. “I come to the table with an open mind, ready to evaluate robust research that will help inform needed changes to nutritional standards so we can continue to make a difference in the health of all people."
Adams-Campbell also serves as associate director for minority health and health disparities research at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The DGAC is a discretionary federal advisory committee established every five years. The HHS and USDA are required by law to work jointly and collaboratively to publish a Dietary Guidelines for Americans report. The next edition of the report is scheduled for publication in 2015.
“As we aim to improve the health of all Americans, we look forward to the important work of this committee," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a press release."Their guidance will help shape recommendations on how we can all live healthier lives by eating a nutritious diet – a key factor in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.”
The guidelines serve as the foundation for national nutrition programs, standards and education and provide key recommendations for the general population as well as to specific population groups. The DGAC is used by the secretaries of HHS and USDA to provide independent, science-based advice and recommendations for development of the guidelines.
“USDA takes great pride in partnering with the Department of Health and Human Services as we strive to reverse childhood obesity and build a healthier next generation based on the solid science that undergirds the Dietary Guidelines for Americans," said USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack.
D.C. Leadership Role
Adams-Campbell is an epidemiologist who specializes in community health research, interventions and outreach, and is a current member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.
She has played a leadership role in the Washington, D.C., cancer and public health communities, including a leading role in bringing the Boston University Black Women's Health Study – the largest study of African-American women – to the District of Columbia.
The inaugural meeting of the committee takes place June 13-14, 2013, and will be open to the public. For additional information visit the Dietary Guidelines website.