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The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services acknowledge the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee—the basis for this edition.  The Committee consisted of Cutberto Garza, M.D., Ph.D. (chair), Suzanne P. Murphy, Ph.D., R.D. (vice-chair), Richard J. Deckelbaum, M.D., Johanna Dwyer, D.Sc., R.D., Scott M. Grundy, M.D., Ph.D., Rachel K. Johnson, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., Shiriki K. Kumanyika, Ph.D., Alice H. Lichtenstein, D.Sc., Meir Stampfer, M.D., Dr.P.H., Lesley Fels Tinker, Ph.D., and Roland L. Weinsier, M.D., Dr.P.H. Carol Suitor, D.Sc., R.D., served as the Committee's technical writer/editor. The Departments also acknowledge the staff work of the executive secretaries to the Committee: Shanthy Bowman, Ph.D., and Carole Davis, M.S., R.D., from USDA; Kathryn McMurry, M.S., and Joan Lyon, M.S., R.D., L.D., from HHS.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status.  (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).  

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.  


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