HHS’s Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has the administrative leadership for the 2015 edition and is strongly supported by USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion in Committee and process management, and evidence analysis functions. The Departments jointly review the Committee’s recommendations and develop and publish the revised Dietary Guidelines for Americans policy document.
Recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans are intended for Americans ages 2 years and over, including those at increased risk of chronic disease, and provide the basis for federal food and nutrition policy and education initiatives. The Dietary Guidelines encourage Americans to focus on eating a healthful diet—one that focuses on foods and beverages that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent disease.
The first edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans was released in 1980. As mandated in Section 301 of the National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. 5341), the Dietary Guidelines for Americans is reviewed, updated, and published every 5 years in a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Beginning with the 1985 edition, HHS and USDA have appointed a Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) consisting of nationally recognized experts in the field of nutrition and health. The charge to the Committee is to review the scientific and medical knowledge current at the time. The Committee then prepares a report for the Secretaries that provides recommendations for the next edition of the Dietary Guidelines based on their review of current literature.
Tentative dates for upcoming DGAC meetings:
The fourth meeting of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) was held on July 17-18, 2014. Check out the Meeting Online Notebook to see the agenda and other meeting materials. Webcast information will be available soon.
Meeting 1 (June 13-14, 2013)
Meeting Online Notebook (All meeting materials, including presentation slides)
Meeting 2 (January 13-14, 2014)
Meeting Online Notebook
Meeting 3 (March 14, 2014)
Meeting Online Notebook
The tentative timeline for the development and publication of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015 is as follows:
Federal Register Notice: Announcement of the Second 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting and Invitation for Oral Testimony [PDF - 180KB] (This meeting was postponed due to government shutdown.)
Announcement of Intent to Establish the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to the Committee Membership; Amendment (To extend the solicitation period to allow additional time for nominations to be received). 11/30/12 [PDF - 179KB]
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