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Dietary Guidelines for Americans


Join us for future public webcasts of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meetings.

Tentative dates:

  • July 17-18, 2014
  • September 16-17, 2014
  • Fall/Winter TBD

Registration links and other meeting information will be posted here as they become available.

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. A healthy diet can reduce the risk of major chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and some cancers.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 are the current Federal policy. They provide evidence-based nutrition information and advice for people age 2 and older. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans serve as the basis for Federal food and nutrition education programs.

The next edition of guidelines will be distributed in 2015. Find out more about how the recommendations for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are being developed.

Background on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have jointly published the Dietary Guidelines every 5 years since 1980. HHS’s Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion and Agricultural Research Service coordinate the development of the Dietary Guidelines.

Get answers to frequently asked questions about the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC)

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.

To learn more about the DGAC:

Consultants to DGAC Subcommittees

Consultants are individuals sought by a subcommittee to participate in subcommittee discussions and decisions on an ongoing basis but are not members of the full Committee. Like Committee members, consultants complete training and have been reviewed and cleared through a formal process within the Federal government. Find out more about the DGAC subcommittee consultants.

Public Comments

Written public comments can be submitted and/or viewed on the Public Comments site.

The public may submit comments on any topic. However, the Committee would find comments in some areas particularly useful.

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This site is coordinated by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.