June 28 - 29, 2007 Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes
Review of Agenda, Charge to the Committee and Meeting Process
Dr. Haskell thanked the committee for their service and thanked the audience for
attending. He reiterated the importance the Guidelines should have to all
constituencies, including federal agencies, non-profits and the general public.
Dr. Haskell noted much of the meeting will be spent reviewing background
information on physical activity and deliberating the major issues and
challenges facing the Committee. He noted there would be no oral public comments
as part of the agenda for this first meeting; however, comments through e-mail
and Post are encouraged throughout the life-cycle of the Committee. Comments via
e-mail may be sent to email@example.com
and written comments via Post may be
addressed to the Committee's Executive Secretary as follows:
Richard Troiano, Ph.D.
Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Office of Public Health and Science
Office of the Secretary
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite LL100
Rockville, MD, 20852
Dr. Haskell indicated that oral public comments would most likely be heard at
the two subsequent meetings of the Committee, tentatively scheduled for December
2007 and February 2008. He emphasized that the procedures for today's meeting is
not meant to suppress comment, as much of the initial meeting of the Committee
will be introductory and administrative by nature, but that feedback is greatly
RADM Royall added that the reason for following the Federal Advisory
Committee Act is to insure openness and transparency. As an example, all public
comments are to be sent to the Committee's general e-mail address or to the
Executive Secretary in order to insure that all Committee members receive the
comments. Any Committee member that is contacted by an individual representing a
special interest group should refer that individual to Committee staff.
Dr. Haskell compared the process for developing Physical Activity Guidelines
as similar to the process used to develop Dietary Guidelines. The Committee will
make recommendations to HHS and HHS will utilize those recommendations to write
the actual recommendations. He noted the differences in each process and
stressed to the members of the Committee that the Committee will not write the
actual Guidelines. Finally, he expressed the hope that the Physical Activity
Guidelines will compliment the Dietary Guidelines and that both sets of
Guidelines would help guide the future processes of updating each other.
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