Food and Nutrition

Food and nutrition play a crucial role in health promotion and chronic disease prevention. Every 5 years, HHS and USDA publish the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the Nation’s go-to source for nutrition advice. The latest edition of the Dietary Guidelines reflects the current body of nutrition science, helps health professionals and policymakers guide Americans to make healthy food and beverage choices, and serves as the science-based foundation for vital nutrition policies and programs across the United States.

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Participate in the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Process

USDA and HHS are seeking written comments from the public on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s work. The Advisory Committee met on July 10 and 11 for their second of five public meetings. During this meeting, committee members presented and discussed the protocols – or plans – for how they will use one of three rigorous, scientific approaches to review the evidence for 40 of the scientific questions on nutrition and health.…

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Current Dietary Guidelines: 2015–2020

Read the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans online. The Dietary Guidelines helps all Americans choose healthy eating patterns — and it’s a key resource for policymakers and health professionals.

You can also download the Dietary Guidelines [PDF - 10.8 MB] or order a hard copy. Additionally, a free ePub download is available through Apple iBooks, Barnes and Noble NOOK Books, Google Play Books, and Overdrive — use ISBN: 9780160934650 to find it through the U.S. Government Bookstore.

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Dietary Guidelines Toolkit for Professionals

Use this toolkit to educate patients, clients, and other professionals. Get ready-to-use tips, conversation starters, patient handouts, and more.

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2015 Advisory Committee

Review the Advisory Committee’s Report, which helped inform the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines developed by HHS and USDA.

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