Dietary Guidelines for Americans Law and Legal Definition

The dietary guidelines for Americans refers to the foundation of Federal nutrition policy and nutrition education activities issued and updated every five years by the Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS).

The dietary guidelines serve as the basis for Federal food and nutrition education programs. They are intended for healthy Americans two years and older. They provide authoritative advice about consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and being physically active to attain and maintain a healthy weight, reduce risk of chronic disease, and promote overall health. They are not designed for younger children and infants whose dietary needs differ. The guidelines are based on growing scientific evidence for lowering the risk of chronic disease and promoting health.