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Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015

Overview

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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.

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Meetings

Meeting 5 – September 16-17, 2014

The fifth meeting of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) was held on September 16-17, 2014. Check out the Meeting Online Notebook to see the agenda and other meeting materials. Webcast information will be available soon.

Past meetings

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

Meeting 4 (July 17-18, 2014)
Meeting Online Notebook

Future meetings

View the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Timeline [PDF - 566KB].

The tentative timeline for the development and publication of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015 is as follows:

Fall 2012/Winter 2013

  • HHS and USDA solicited nominations for the DGAC

Spring/Summer 2013

  • DGAC were appointed
  • Request for public comments initiated
  • Work Groups established to identify topic areas
  • DGAC held its first public meeting on June 13–14, 2013

Fall 2013/Winter 2014

  • Subcommittees established to begin reviews of current scientific evidence
  • DGAC held its second public meeting on January 13-14, 2014, which included public oral testimony
  • DGAC held its third public meeting on March 14, 2014

Spring/Summer/Fall 2014

  • DGAC reviews current scientific evidence
  • DGAC held its fourth public meeting on July 17-18, 2014
  • DGAC held its fifth public meeting on September 16-17, 2014
  • The sixth DGAC meeting is tentatively scheduled for one or more days during November 5-7, 2014

Fall 2014/Winter 2015

  • DGAC issues report to the Secretaries of HHS and USDA
  • DGAC report published and made available to public for comment

Winter/Spring/Summer 2015

  • HHS and USDA consider DGAC’s scientific recommendations and public and agency comments
  • Departments prepare the Dietary Guidelines for Americans policy document

Fall 2015

  • HHS and USDA jointly publish and release the 8th edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

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Dietary Guidelines Related Resources

Data Analyses Used by the DGAC

See the list of data analyses used by the DGAC.

Communications

2015 Dietary Guidelines Timeline [PDF - 566KB]

Questions and Answers on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

USDA’s Nutrition Evidence Library

Press Release: HHS and USDA announce the appointment of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee [PDF - 56 KB]

Official Documents

Federal Register Notices

Other Resources

Federal Agency Resources Related to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans [PDF - 181KB]

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