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USDA and HHS provided multiple opportunities for public participation before, throughout, and after the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s review of the science, and the Departments value everyone’s engagement. You can stay involved in the process: 

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Since launching the website, DietaryGuidelines.gov has had more than a million views, with users coming from all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Throughout this time and into the future, the Departments remain committed to ensuring easy public access and increasing transparency in the process to develop the Dietary Guidelines. The homepage includes quick links to important information, most popular questions are continuously updated to reflect next steps in the process and common questions from the public, and a recently added section describes how USDA and HHS develop the Dietary Guidelines. To keep the public aware of new information and activities, regular updates are emailed to more than 252,000 newsletter subscribers and information is shared widely through social media. 

Learn more about public engagement opportunities around the work of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, including public comments, meeting attendance and continuing professional education. 

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Opportunities for Public Comment

USDA and HHS provided the following opportunities for public input and comment related to the Committee’s work.

  • Topics and Scientific Questions: For the first time, the Departments proposed and sought public comments on the topics and scientific questions to be examined by the Committee. During the comment period from February 28 – March 30, 2018, the public sent in more than 12,000 comments via more than 6,000 submissions to Regulations.gov. 
  • Committee Nominations: The public was invited to nominate individuals for the Committee. Nominations were accepted from September 6 – October 6, 2018. The 20 members of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee were selected from among 180 individuals the public nominated to serve on the Committee. 
  • During the Committee’s Work: The public was invited to provide comments to the Committee on all aspects of its work for more than a year – from March 12, 2019 through June 10, 2020. A total of 62,339 comments were submitted during this comment period. 
  • Comments on the Committee’s Scientific Report: The public was invited to provide public comments on the Scientific Report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. During this comment period from July 15 – August 13, 2020, a total of 38,367 comments were submitted. USDA and HHS will consider the Advisory Committee’s Scientific Report, along with public and agency comments, as the Departments develop the next edition of the Dietary Guidelines. 

Public Meetings

The public was encouraged to attend meetings either in-person, when available, or by webcast. 

  • The Committee held six meetings that were well attended by the public. Most people attended meetings virtually, and on average, more than 1,000 people attended each meeting. 
  • Public engagement with the Committee’s work continues, with more than 13,000 views of past meeting clips and counting. View past meetings through this page
  • For the first time in decades, the Committee held a meeting outside of Washington, DC in Houston, TX, and a second oral public comment session was added for the Committee to hear comments from the public on its work. More than 125 oral comments were provided to the Committee across the two oral comment sessions at Meeting 2 and 4. 
  • USDA and HHS heard public comments from 73 people on the Scientific Report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee at the August 11, 2020 public comment meeting.
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Professional Education

Registered nutrition professionals could obtain up to 49 continuing education credits for watching all of the Committee meetings. Interest in continuing education was high with about half of meeting registrants expressing interest in this opportunity. Professionals expressed their appreciation for the complimentary CPE credits and the value the meetings added to their professional development.

Excellent review of the literature.
The pioneering work of establishing the eating pattern for children between 6-24 months is really amazing. Good job!
I really appreciated this opportunity to observe in depth the extensive process by which the Dietary Guidelines come to fruition every 5 years.
This process has been a real eye-opener for me, the time, energy, effort, and experts that it takes to do this never even entered my mind before. I enjoyed the meetings I could get to.
Time spent attending this webcast was very well spent considering all the new information I learned.
I was impressed with number of papers reviewed for this massive project.
This information will significantly help me in my current role as a food & wellness business consultant.
This is the first DGAC cycle since I became a credentialed practitioner. Following the process in real time will most definitely support my communications of DGA guidance in the future.

Coming Soon

USDA and HHS plan to release the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans at the end of this year. This next edition will provide advice on healthy eating for people from birth into older adulthood. Sign up to receive updates about the release of the next edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and availability of complementary educational materials.