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Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are the cornerstone of Federal nutrition policy and nutrition education activities.

The Dietary Guidelines are jointly issued and updated every 5 years by the Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS). They provide authoritative advice for Americans ages 2 and older about consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and being physically active to attain and maintain a healthy weight, reduce risk of chronic disease, and promote overall health.

Development of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines

2010 DGAC Report - coverOn June 15, 2010, a Federal Register notice announced the release of the Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, the solicitation of written comments on the Report, and an invitation for oral testimony at a public meeting.

Click here to read/download the Report of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC).

Click here to visit the USDA’s Nutrition Evidence Library (NEL) to access the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s NEL evidence-based systematic reviews.

Public Comments on the Advisory Committee's Report

Written comments on the Committee's Report were accepted from June 15, 2010, through July 15, 2010.

In addition, a public meeting to solicit oral comments on the Committee's Report was held on July 8, 2010, at the USDA South Building in Washington, DC.

To view all written public comments submitted and posted on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 process (October 7, 2008 to April 29, 2010) as well as the written comments posted on the Advisory Committee Report (June 15, 2010 to July 15, 2010), click the link below. Note: Duplicate comments or those that were offensive or vulgar in nature were not posted.

VIEW Written  Comments

You can read the comment summary reports prepared for the Committee in preparation for each of their six meetings. 

DGAC Meeting 1 DGAC Meeting 2 DGAC Meeting 3
DGAC Meeting 4 DGAC Meeting 5 DGAC Meeting 6

NEW Earn CPE Units

RDs or DTRs can get Continuing Professional Education Units by observing the proceedings of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee via the archived webinars or by reviewing and discussing materials of past meetings. PDF / TXT


Last Modified: December 11, 2013 12:53 PM

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010
    • Dietary Guidelines Policy
• Press Release
• Executive Summary
• Selected Messages
• Backgrounder
• Questions & Answers
• Public Comments
• Slide Presentation
  2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee  
    Committee's Report (6/15/10)  
    Media Briefing
•  Audio MWV
•  Transcript PDF
Committee Meetings
•  First Meeting
•  Second Meeting
•  Third Meeting
•  Fourth Meeting
•  Fifth Meeting
•  Sixth (Final) Meeting
Committee Members
  • Nominations PDF
  • Committee PDF
  • Timetable PDF
Related Materials
• Nutrition Evidence Library
  • Previous Guidelines
  • Related Topics 
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