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Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The Dietary Guidelines encourage Americans to eat a healthful diet — one that focuses on foods and beverages that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent disease.


The fifth meeting of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) is scheduled for September 16-17, 2014.

DGAC Meeting 6 is tentatively scheduled for one or more days during November 5-7, 2014.

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

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.

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 Committee reviews the latest scientific and medical literature and prepares a report for the Secretaries that provides evidence-based recommendations for the next edition of the Dietary Guidelines.

To learn more about the DGAC:

For information about DGAC meetings and useful resources related to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, check out:

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. This is the way you can provide scientific information and your views to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

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

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