Siega-Riz appointed to 2015 US Dietary Guidelines advisory committee

June 03, 2013
Dr. Siega-Riz

Dr. Siega-Riz

Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, RD, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, is one of 15 nationally recognized experts selected to serve on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

Her selection was announced May 31 by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
The committee’s recommendations and rationale will serve as a basis for the eighth edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a document that serves as the foundation for national nutrition programs, standards and education. The committee’s work also provides key recommendations for the general population and for specific population groups to help people choose healthy diets.
Siega-Riz, associate dean for academic affairs at the Gillings School, is program leader for the reproductive, perinatal and pediatric program in the School’s Department of Epidemiology. She received her doctorate from UNC in 1993, and joined the public health school faculty in 1995, focusing her research on determinants of early childhood obesity and on maternal nutritional status, including maternal obesity and gestational weight gain and their effect on birth outcomes, and on dietary patterns among Hispanic adults and children.
She served on the Scientific Advisory Panel for the Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study and has served on a number of committees for the Institute of Medicine, examining topics including the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) food packages to standards for systematic reviews in health care. She currently serves on the advisory council of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, one of the National Institutes of Health.
Other distinguished scientists appointed to the 2015 advisory committee include:
  • Barbara Millen, DrPH, RD, chair, professor of family medicine at Boston University School of Medicine;
  • Alice Lichtenstein, DSc, vice chair, Stanley N. Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Sciences and Policy at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University;
  • Steven Abrams, MD, professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine;
  • Lucile Adams-Campbell, PhD, professor of oncology at Georgetown University Medical Center;
  • Cheryl Anderson, MPH, PhD, associate professor of family and preventive medicine at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine;
  • J. Thomas Brenna, PhD, professor of human nutrition, chemistry and food science at Cornell University;
  • Wayne Campbell, PhD, professor of nutrition science at Purdue University;
  • Steven Clinton, MD, PhD, the John B. and Jane T. McCoy Chair of Cancer Research at The Ohio State University School of Medicine;
  • Gary Foster, PhD, professor of medicine, public health and psychology at Temple University;
  • Frank Hu, MD, PhD, director, Harvard Transdisciplinary Research in Energetics and Cancer Center and nutrition professor at Harvard School of Public Health;
  • Miriam Nelson, PhD, professor in Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy;
  • Marian Neuhouser, PhD, RD, of the Division of Public Health Sciences at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center;
  • Rafael Perez-Escamilla, PhD, professor of epidemiology and public health at Yale School of Public Health; and
  • Mary Story, PhD, RD, senior associate dean for academic and student affairs and professor of epidemiology and community health in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.
Every five years, the national dietary guidelines are updated and published jointly by the U.S. departments of health and human services and agriculture, with leadership responsibilities alternating between the two departments. Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is the administrative lead for the 2015 process.
The inaugural meeting of the Committee is scheduled for June 13-14 and will be open to the public.
For additional information, including meeting details, press releases and fact sheets, please visit



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