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Learn about new ODPHP trainings and initiatives, stay current on our programs and projects, and read stories from the field showing our national policies at work.

National Nutrition Month®, a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored each March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is the perfect time for both individuals and organizations to promote messages about healthy eating — and to align these messages with the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

In March 2016, ODPHP released a promo kit with example website, social media, listserv, and newsletter content that organizations can use to promote National Nutrition Month®, along with the recommendations in the current edition of the Dietary Guidelines.…

HHS’s Acting Assistant Secretary of Health, Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, authored a blog post on womenshealth.gov featuring  recommendations from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans during American Heart Month. As described in the blog, the Dietary Guidelines provide recommendations that help Americans choose a healthy eating pattern that works for them:

Luckily, the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans is full of recommendations that can help you choose and stick with the kind of healthy eating pattern that will lead to a better, healthier life.…

The Mobile Health Program in Pima County, Arizona, empowers undeserved communities by developing sustainable systems that increase access to health promotion, disease prevention, and health care services. Through a Mobile Health Clinic—a doctor’s office and clinic on wheels—the program provides approximately 2,500 patient services each year, including physicals, immunizations, well woman checks, pap smears, prenatal and birth care, dental screenings for children, diabetes education, and minor procedures

A new story on injury and violence prevention from Healthy People 2020’s Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? monthly bulletin shows how Tu Casa’s Safe Dates, an adolescent dating abuse prevention program that raises awareness of healthy and abusive dating relationships, equips students with skills and resources to develop healthy dating relationships, including positive communication, anger management, and conflict resolution.…

HHS’s Acting Assistant Secretary of Health, Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, and ODPHP’s Health Communication and eHealth Division Director, Linda Harris, PhD, recently teamed up with CVS Health’s Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, Brian Tilzer, MBA, and Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Medical Officer, William Shrank, MD, MSHS for a Health Affairs blog post on a public-private partnership to increase awareness of the availability of convenient, consumer-centered, recommended preventive services using healthfinder.gov.…

This joint press release from HHS and USDA on the latest edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans was issued on January 7, 2016 and contains quotes from Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia M. Burwell and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

HHS and USDA Release New Dietary Guidelines to Encourage Healthy Eating Patterns to Prevent Chronic Diseases

Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia M.…

The Dietary Guidelines provides a clear path to help Americans eat healthfully, informed by a critical, and transparent review of the scientific evidence on nutrition.

A lifetime of healthy eating helps to prevent chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and Type 2 diabetes. Healthy eating is one of the most powerful tools we have to reduce the onset of disease.…

The Dietary Guidelines translates the current body of nutrition science into sound food-based guidance for ages 2 and older to promote health and help prevent disease. The Dietary Guidelines is developed through a process that has become increasingly more robust and transparent with each edition.

Review of Current Scientific Evidence

The Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) are required by the National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act of 1990 to jointly publish the Dietary Guidelines for Americans every five years.…

Q. What is the Dietary Guidelines for Americans?

Published every five years for the general public as well as public health professionals, policy makers and program implementers, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans provides food-based recommendations for people aged two years and older. Each edition reflects the current body of nutrition science, with a focus on chronic disease prevention.…