Timothy Naimi, MD, MPH, professor of Medicine and Public Health was named to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Dr. Naimi is one of 20 nationally recognized scientists appointed to serve.
The committee will review scientific evidence on topics and questions identified by the USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and will provide a report on their findings to the secretaries of these departments. Their review, along with public and agency comments, will help inform USDA and HHS’ development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). The DGA are updated every five years and serve as the cornerstone of federal nutrition programs and policies, providing food-based recommendations to help prevent diet-related chronic diseases and promote overall health.
“The scientists we selected to serve on the committee are national leaders in the areas of nutrition and health,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “HHS, USDA, and all Americans will benefit from the collective experience and expertise of the committee, which will conduct a rigorous examination of the scientific evidence on several diet-related health outcomes, including the prevention of cancer, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which are three of the leading causes of death in the United States.”