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.
Register for Meeting 1: June 13-14
Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) Meeting
Meeting to be held by webcast and in-person at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892
June 13, 2013, 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
NIH Clinical Center, Building 10
June 14, 2013, 8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m.
FAES Academic Center
NIH Clinical Center, Building 10
Registration check-in is required for this meeting and registration will open at 7:30 am each day. Please be sure to arrive early to allow enough time to park (15 minutes), to clear through NIH security (15 – 30 minutes), and walk or shuttle to the Clinical Center (15 – 30 minutes). At least 45 – 60 minutes total time is recommended.
NIH Visitors and Security
The NIH has instituted security measures that require all visitors to enter through the NIH Gateway Center. Visitors under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Visitors over 15 years of age must provide photo identification, such as a driver’s license, passport, or school identification card. Visitors will obtain a temporary NIH badge before entering onto the main campus. The NIH Gateway Center is located adjacent to the Medical Center Metro Station at the South Drive entrance to campus from Rockville Pike/Wisconsin Avenue (Route 355). See the DGAC Directions & Maps above.
Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation such as the Metrorail subway system which has a convenient stop (Medical Center) on the NIH campus. Visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority website for information on fares and schedules. See the DGAC Directions & Maps above for detailed directions from the Metrorail, driving directions, and parking information.
For further NIH visitor and security information, please visit the NIH Visitors and Security website.
The tentative timeline for the development and publication of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015 is as follows:
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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