Washington, D.C. - Award-winning actress Diane Ladd will testify on July 25, 2002, at a Government Reform Committee hearing regarding the impact of diet and lifestyle on personal health. Joining Ms. Ladd will be a panel of medical experts who will testify on the most up-to-date research on lifestyle changes, the impact of the growing trend toward obesity in the U.S., and the use of dietary supplements in promoting good health.
Diane Ladd, who has recently appeared in such movies and television programs as 28 Days and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, became a certified nutritional counselor in the late 80's to help people improve their lives by improving their health.
The hearing, entitled "Diet, Physical Activity, and Dietary Supplements - the Scientific Basis For Improving Health, Saving Money, and Preserving Personal Choice" will convene at 10:00 a.m., in Room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
The Committee is conducting an investigation into the implementation of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA). Thursday's hearing will focus on the scientific basis for American's decisions to use vitamins, minerals, and botanicals in combination with specific dietary and lifestyle choices as a means of improving and maintaining health.
An increasing body of science points to the important role of diet and lifestyle in improving and maintaining health. Experts state that as much as 85% of disease and illness in this country results from lifestyle decisions. Conversely, the adoption of healthy lifestyle choices including moderate physical activity, diet and the appropriate use of dietary supplements can improve health outcomes.
Last December, Chairman Burton introduced H.R. 3475, The Dietary Supplement Tax Fairness Act of 2001. The bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to treat amounts paid for foods for special dietary use, dietary supplements, and medical foods as medical expenses for purposes of the medical expense deduction.
The Committee will hear testimony from the following witnesses:
- Ms. Diane Ladd, Actress, Film Director, Certified Nutrition Consultant
- David Seckman, Executive Director and CEO, National Nutritional Foods Association
- George A. Bray, M.D., Boyd Professor, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University
- Larry Kushi, Sc.D., Associate Director for Etiology and Prevention Research, Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente
- Pamela Peeke, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Adjunct Senior Scientist, National Institutes of Health
- Timothy S. Church, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Senior Associate Director, Medical and Laboratory Director, Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications, The Cooper Institute
- Dr. David Heber, Director, Division of Clinical Nutrition, University of California at Los Angeles
- Paul M. Coates, Ph.D., Director, Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health
- Dr. William Dietz, Director, Divisions of Nutrition and Physical Activity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention