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Nutrition Education Programs

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Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Every 5 years, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) release the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a key resource for health professionals and policymakers to help Americans enjoy a healthy eating pattern, promote health, and prevent chronic disease. It is used to inform the development of federal food, nutrition, and health policies and programs and serves as the evidence-based foundation for nutrition education materials that are developed by the federal government for the public.


MyPlate is part of a larger communication initiative based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans with the goal of helping consumers make better food choices. MyPlate is designed to remind Americans to eat healthfully; it is not intended to change consumer behavior alone. MyPlate illustrates the five food groups using a familiar mealtime visual, a place setting.

Team Nutrition
Team Nutrition

Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the child nutrition programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity.

SNAP-ed classroom
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed)

SNAP-Ed is a grant program which funds projects to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy food and lifestyle choices that prevent obesity. The program teaches people to shop for and cook healthy meals, and helps participants learn how to make their SNAP dollars stretch.

WIC Works
WIC Works Resource System

The WIC Works Resource System (WIC Works) is an online education, training and resource center for state, local and clinic staff administering the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

Page updated: August 16, 2023