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 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.
For information on the development of the 2010 Dietary
Guidelines, check on
Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005
Eating right and being physically active aren't just a "diet" or a "program" — they are keys to a healthy lifestyle. With healthful habits, you may reduce your risk of many chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain cancers, and increase your chances for a longer life.
Finding Your Way to A Healthier You
This brochure offers basic guidelines for eating a healthy diet and being physically active.
Learn how to make smart choices from every food group, find your balance between food and
physical activity, and get the most nutrition out of your calories.
A Healthier You
This one-stop, easy-to-use consumer resource brings together nutrition science and
expertise to help Americans make smart choices from every food group, find balance
between food and physical activity, and get the most out of the calories we consume.
Toolkit for Health Professionals
Resources to assist health education experts, such as doctors and nutritionists, in offering the latest science-based nutrition and physical activity recommendations to the public.
En Espanol: The Road to a Healthy Life Based on the Dietary
Guidelines for Americans, 2005
A bilingual guidebook (English
and Spanish), based on the Dietary
Guidelines for Americans, 2005, about eating right and be
physically active. Provides easy-to-follow information and
tips to help you make healthier food choices more often, choose the
most nutritious foods and beverages, and be physically active on
most days of the week.
Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
The recommendations and activities of nationally recognized experts in nutrition
and health appointed to assist the Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture
in providing sound and current dietary guidance to consumers.
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