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Scientific Report Now Available

The Scientific Report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee describes the Advisory Committee’s scientific review and overarching advice to USDA and HHS for consideration as the Departments develop the next edition of the Dietary Guidelines.

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USDA and HHS are now accepting written comments from the public on the Scientific Report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. USDA and HHS will also hold a virtual meeting on August 11th to hear comments from the public on the Scientific Report.

Developing the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The Scientific Report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee informs the development of the next edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, but it is not a draft of the Dietary Guidelines. Learn more about USDA and HHS’ process to write the next edition of the Dietary Guidelines.

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The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans development process is under way. View our progress below.

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Topic and Question Identification

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In this new step, the Departments asked for public comments on topics and scientific questions to be examined by the Committee to support the development of the upcoming 2020-2025 edition of the Dietary Guidelines. The topics and scientific questions shaped the areas of scientific expertise needed on the Committee.

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Advisory Committee Selection

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In September 2018, USDA and HHS made a public call for nominations to the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. This step ended with the selection of 20 nationally recognized experts who served on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

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Advisory Committee’s Scientific Review

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The Advisory Committee conducted an independent, science-based review of specific topics and supporting scientific questions related to nutrition and health – from birth to older adulthood. The public was invited to submit comments to the Committee throughout its work, starting on March 12, 2019 and ending on June 10, 2020, and follow its discussions at public meetings. The Advisory Committee’s work ended with the release of the Scientific Report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to the Secretaries of USDA and HHS at the end of June 2020. 

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USDA/HHS Dietary Guidelines Development 

The Dietary Guidelines is designed to help all Americans eat a healthier diet 

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USDA and HHS update the Dietary Guidelines every five years. As they develop the Guidelines, USDA and HHS will consider the Scientific Report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee – along with input from Federal agencies and the public. This work will end with the release of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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The Dietary Guidelines has been issued every five years since 1980. Visit previous editions.

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