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History of Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans has been published jointly every 5 years since 1980 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005, was released January 12, 2005.

The Guidelines provide authoritative advice for people two years and older about how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases. They serve as the basis for Federal food and nutrition education programs.

Development of the Dietary Guidelines is coordinated by HHS's Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion and Agricultural Research Service.

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2005  |   2000  |   1995  |   1990  |   1985  |   1980

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005

2005 Edition

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2000

2000 Edition

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 1995

1995 Edition

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 1990

1990 Edition

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 1985

1985 Edition

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 1980

1980 Edition


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