Agenda and Background Materials

Charge to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans provide science-based advice on how nutrition and physical activity can help promote health and reduce the risk for major chronic diseases. The Guidelines form the basis of Federal nutrition policy, standards, programs, and education for the general public. The Dietary Guidelines are published jointly by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture every 5 years.

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), whose duties are time-limited and solely advisory in nature, will:

  • Examine the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 and determine topics for which new scientific evidence is likely to be available that may inform revisions to the current guidance or suggest new guidance.
  • Place its primary focus on the systematic review and analysis of the evidence published since the last DGAC deliberations.
  • Place its primary emphasis on the development of food-based recommendations that are of public health importance for Americans ages 2 years and older.
  • Prepare and submit to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of Agriculture a report of technical recommendations, with rationales, to inform the development of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. DGAC responsibilities include providing authorship for this report; however, responsibilities do not include translating the recommendations into policy or into communication and outreach documents or programs.
  • Disband upon the submittal of the Committee's recommendations via the Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015 to the Secretaries.
  • Complete all work within the required two year charter time frame.