Jointly published by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) every five years, the guidelines provide science-based recommendations designed to foster healthy dietary patterns for Americans of all ages. Importantly, this edition expands the guidance, for the first time including recommended healthy dietary patterns for infants and toddlers.
“At USDA and HHS, we work to serve the American people – to help every American thrive and live healthier lives through access to healthy foods and providing nutrition recommendations,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “With the release of the Dietary Guidelines, we have taken the very important step to provide nutrition guidance that can help all Americans lead healthier lives by making every bite count.”
Dietary Guidelines for Americans is the nation’s trusted resource for evidence-based nutrition guidance. The guidelines are designed for use by healthcare professionals and policy makers for outreach to the general public and provide the nutritional foundation for federal nutrition programs. The dietary guidelines should not be considered clinical guidelines for the treatment of disease.
The new guidelines offer the most up-to-date evidence on dietary behaviors that promote health and may help prevent chronic disease. At Great Plains QIN, our goal is to help with the prevention and management of chronic diseases by preventing cardiovascular events, promoting tobacco cessation and improving the management of diabetes. Healthy behaviors directly contribute to positive health outcomes, which includes a balanced diet. Learn more about chronic disease management and resources on our Web site.