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Let Your Voice Be Heard: Help Shape the Next Dietary Guidelines!

Mother and daughter prepare a healthy meal with chopped vegetables

By Stacy Dean, Deputy Under Secretary

Every five years, USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services partner to provide the latest, science-based nutrition guidance to empower Americans to make dietary choices that will improve their health and lifestyles. These guidelines are a cornerstone of federal nutrition policy, which we are leveraging to promote and elevate nutrition security. Poor nutrition is a leading cause of illness in the U.S. and by focusing on the quality of what we eat, we can help reduce diet-related diseases such as diabetes and heart disease that impact historically underserved and marginalized communities.

Today, USDA and HHS kick off the process of developing the next edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans by posting proposed scientific questions for public comment.

Your feedback on the proposed questions – and throughout the development process for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans – will help us change lives and ensure a healthier, more prosperous future for all Americans. Our departments are committed to equity and transparency at every point in the process, which is why this first step starts with you – the public. The public comment period opens tomorrow. We invite you to read the proposed scientific questions and comment before May 16, 2022, to inform the process from the very start!

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Page updated: November 22, 2023