The Food Guide Pyramid, USDA's current food guide, is an educational tool that interprets and helps Americans use the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It provides guidance on types and amounts of foods to eat that meet current scientific standards for healthful eating to help consumers assess and improve their diets.
The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) has initiated a broad-based review and update of the Pyramid, including its suggested food intake patterns, its graphic presentation, and new educational materials for professionals and consumers. The update is being conducted by USDA in consultation with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
This notice announces a proposed Food Guidance System for the food guide's graphic presentation and education materials. Written and oral public comments are solicited on the proposed Food Guidance System including ideas for a new food guide graphic. A public meeting will be held on Aug. 19, 2004 for additional stakeholder input. Comments are welcomed on all aspects of the proposed Food Guidance System and are specifically requested on six topics described in this notice.