The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) jointly publish the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (Dietary Guidelines) every 5 years. Each edition of the Dietary Guidelines reflects the body of nutrition science.

The Dietary Guidelines provides evidence-based food and beverage recommendations for Americans ages 2 and older. These recommendations aim to:

  • Promote health
  • Prevent chronic disease
  • Help people reach and maintain a healthy weight

Public health agencies, health care providers, and educational institutions all rely on Dietary Guidelines recommendations and strategies.

The Dietary Guidelines also has a significant impact on nutrition in the United States because it:

  • Forms the basis of federal nutrition policy and programs
  • Helps guide local, state, and national health promotion and disease prevention initiatives
  • Informs various organizations and industries (e.g., products developed and marketed by the food and beverage industry)