Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (Dietary Guidelines) provides advice on what to eat and drink to meet nutrient needs, promote health, and prevent disease. It is developed and written for a professional audience, including policymakers, healthcare providers, nutrition educators, and federal nutrition program operators. The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) work together to update and release the Dietary Guidelines every five years. Each edition of the Dietary Guidelines reflects the current body of nutrition science. 

To learn more about the Dietary Guidelines development process, visit DietaryGuidelines.gov

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Hypertension: a Pandemic Perspective

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, puts tens of millions of people at risk for largely preventable conditions — such as heart attacks, strokes, and heart failure — and premature death. Hypertension is one of the leading modifiable risk factors causing chronic disease and premature mortality in the United States. Yet a large percentage of Americans are unaware that they have hypertension, and only about 1 in 4 adults in the United States have it under control. Preventing and controlling hypertension for Americans will save lives, reduce inordinate costs, and improve health, well-being, and resilience. The first step toward these outcomes is acknowledging that hypertension, sometimes called the “silent killer” for often going undetected before leading to serious harm, is also a “silent pandemic” — and though it’s not a contagious threat in the traditional sense, hypertension needs to be addressed with even greater attention and urgency. The statistics clearly define the problem.

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Current Dietary Guidelines: 2020–2025

The Dietary Guidelines helps all Americans choose healthy eating patterns — and it’s a key resource for policymakers and health professionals.

Dietary Guidelines Toolkit for Health Professionals

ODPHP has developed updated Dietary Guidelines resources for health professionals — including handouts to share with patients. 

Check out the updated toolkit. 

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2025-2030 Development Process

Updating the Dietary Guidelines is a multi-year, multi-step process. To learn more, go to DietaryGuidelines.gov.  

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