The Dietary Guidelines for Americans provides advice on what to eat and drink to meet nutrient needs, promote health, and prevent disease. It’s developed and written for a professional audience, including policymakers, health care providers, nutrition educators, and federal nutrition program operators. This edition focuses on dietary pattern recommendations using a lifespan approach for all age groups.
The Dietary Guidelines provides a customizable framework for healthy eating that can be tailored and adapted to meet personal, cultural, and traditional preferences. People who work in federal agencies, public health, health care, education, and business all rely on the Dietary Guidelines when providing information on diet and health to the general public. This edition of the Dietary Guidelines includes:
- New recommendations for infants and toddlers
- Expanded recommendations for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Updated recommendations for children and adolescents, adults, and older adults
The U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) work together to update and release the Dietary Guidelines for Americans every 5 years. Each edition of the Dietary Guidelines reflects the current body of nutrition science. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020–2025 is the current edition.
ODPHP provides a toolkit for health professionals — including fact sheets to share with patients. ODPHP will add new fact sheets about healthy eating for different life stages, like infants and older adults, in late 2021. Sign up for email updates about the toolkit.