Public Comment on Draft Recommendation: Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthy Diet and Physical Activity in Adults

February 22, 2011 – The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is inviting public comment on its draft recommendation statement on behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthful diet and physical activity for cardiovascular disease prevention in adults. This draft recommendation is an update of the USPSTF 2002 recommendation on behavioral counseling in primary care to promote physical activity and a partial update of its 2003 recommendation on behavioral counseling in primary care to promote a healthy diet (the part of the recommendation that dealt with counseling patients at risk of cardiovascular disease was not updated at this time).

To provide comments, please go to The opportunity to comment on this draft recommendations statement is available until March 22, 2011.

The USPSTF is working to make its recommendations clearer and more useful. This is a new step as part of its ongoing effort to keep its work and methods clear to the public it serves.

The USPSTF is a national, independent panel of medical experts that makes recommendations, based on scientific evidence, to primary care doctors and other health care providers about which clinical preventive services they should offer their patients.