The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sponsored the National
Nutrition Summit in Washington, D.C., on May 30 and 31, 2000. The
Summit provided an opportunity to highlight accomplishments in the
areas of food, nutrition, and health since the landmark 1969 White
House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health; to identify continuing
challenges and emerging opportunities for the nation in these areas;
and to focus on nutrition and lifestyle issues across the lifespan,
particularly those related to the nation's epidemic of overweight
The Background section provides information on the
events leading up to the National Nutrition Summit. These events
included the following:
MandateA mandate from the U.S. Senate that encourages
the planning, organizing, and assembling of a conference to develop
human nutrition policy recommendations.
BriefA brief submitted to former Secretary of Health
and Human Services Donna Shalala that outlines the purpose, proposed
agenda, audience, and expectations of the National Nutrition Summit.
OrganizationsA list of organizations whose time,
commitment, and financial support made the National Nutrition Summit
of the different National Nutrition Summit committees.
HistoryDescriptions of the timeline events noted
on the National Nutrition Summit Home Page.
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