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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