Figure I-3. Science, Policy, Implementation:
Developing the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

To develop each edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, HHS and USDA collaborate during a 3-stage process.

1magnifying glass iconReview the Science

First, an external Advisory Committee creates the Advisory Report and submits it to the Secretaries of HHS and USDA.

This report is informed by:

  • Original systematic reviews
  • Review of existing systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and reports by federal agencies or leading scientific organizations
  • Data analyses
  • Food pattern modeling analyses

2mechanical gear iconDevelop the Dietary Guidelines

Using the previous edition of the Dietary Guidelines, the Advisory Report, and consideration of public and federal agency comments, HHS and USDA develop a new edition of the Dietary Guidelines. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans includes:

Five Guidelines
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Key Recommendations that support the Guidelines
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Science-based nutrition guidance for both professionals and organizations working to improve our nation's health.

3light bulb iconImplement the Dietary Guidelines

Federal programs apply the Dietary Guidelines to meet the needs of Americans through food, nutrition, and health policies and programs—and in nutrition education materials for the public.