Director, Food and Nutrition Board
Institute of Medicine
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Linda D. Meyers, PhD, is the director of the Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in Washington, DC. She is responsible for a portfolio that includes nutrient requirements (Dietary Reference Intakes); obesity prevention; food safety; and international, military, and specific population nutrition. She also directed the FNB’s international nutrition program from 1982 to 1986. From 1986 to 2001 she served as senior nutrition advisor, deputy director, and acting director in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. While there, she oversaw preparation of technical and policy reports, including the 1990, 1995, and 2000 Dietary Guidelines for Americans; the U.S. Action Plan on Food Security; and Healthy People 2010. Dr. Meyers has a BA degree in health and physical education from Goshen College in Indiana, an MS degree in food and nutrition from Colorado State University, and a PhD degree in nutritional sciences from Cornell University. Her research focused on population indicators of nutritional status. She has worked in Botswana, Kenya, and Vietnam. Dr. Meyers has received a number of awards for her contributions to public health, including the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for Healthy People 2010, the Conrad A. Elvehjem Award for Public Service in Nutrition from the American Society for Nutrition, the Institute of Medicine’s Cecil Award, and the Surgeon General’s Medallion.