Newsbite: The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Process Launches

On January 31, 2011, the Federal government unveiled the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), the seventh and latest edition and the foundation for all Federal nutrition programs, standards and education. Two and half years later, the journey to developing the next set of guidelines is now officially underway. In fact, the first meeting was held June 13-14, 2013 at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Under a congressional mandate—the 1990 National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act (Public Law 101-445, Section 301\[7 U.S.C. 5341\], Title III)—the DGA must be updated every five years with the most current science and published to promote health and reduce the risk for major chronic diseases in America. The DGA is a joint effort by two Federal government agencies, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The final publication (DGA) is also known as the Federal nutrition policy document.

Before the policy document is completed, however, much time and effort is put in to ensure that the best available scientific evidence is accurately represented. For the 2015 edition, the enormous task of compiling and conveying the science falls on the shoulders of 15 independent and distinguished experts. These experts make up the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) and during the next year and half, the DGAC will prepare and eventually submit their Advisory Report to the Secretaries of DHHS (Kathleen Sebelius) and USDA (Tom Vilsack). The Advisory Report will provide the basis for the Federal government to produce the eighth rendition of the policy document, the 2015 DGA.

Stay tuned—the next meeting of the DGAC is scheduled for fall of this year.


Check out the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Resource Page