A press release issued by the US Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services announced that Dr. Rafael Perez-Escamilla, a member of the Connecticut Cancer Partnership Board of Directors, has been appointed to the Advisory Committee for 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. He is one of 13 experts selected nationwide by the US Government to develop the new dietary guidelines for implementation in the US and in many parts of the world.
Dr. Perez-Escamilla is Professor of Nutritional Sciences and Public Health at the University of Connecticut (Storrs) and Director of the Connecticut Center of Excellence for Eliminating Health Disparities among Latinos. He is recognized for his work in food safety, obesity, diabetes, and food security, with a specialty in Latinos and low-income American populations.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans has been published jointly every 5 years since 1980 by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture. The Guidelines provide authoritative advice for people two years and older about how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases. They serve as the basis for Federal food and nutrition education programs