The MyPlate graphic is the go-to tool for nutrition education in the U.S. It reminds us that a healthy diet consists of a variety of foods from key food groups. But one very important element is missing, WATER!


Too many children and adults routinely drink sugary beverages and more than half of school-age children are under-hydrated, making it harder for their minds and bodies to work well. Click to learn more about why water is important for health.

The National Drinking Water Alliance is leading an ongoing national campaign to urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to:

1. Put strong language about drinking water in the 2020 Dietary Guidelines


2. Add a symbol for water to the MyPlate graphic


Participate in the Process: 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans


The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, updated every five years, is the cornerstone of federal nutrition policy, including federal food programs and government procurement policies, and nutrition education activities ranging from SNAP-Ed to childcare settings.


Updating the Dietary Guidelines for Americans is a multi-step, multi-year process with opportunities for the public to be involved

at different stages.


In February 2019, USDA and HHS announced the appointment of 20 nationally recognized experts to serve on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The Committee will hold a series of public meetings. A public comment period will remain open throughout the committee’s deliberations. 


The Advisory Committee will review scientific evidence on a defined list of topics and questions identified by the Departments and will provide a report on their findings to the Secretaries. You can follow their progress as they review the evidence for each topic and question here


Their review, along with public and agency comments, will help inform USDA and HHS’ development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Substituting water for sugary drinks is a smart choice to help keep weight under control and prevent chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. We hope the next iteration of the Dietary Guidelines includes stronger language.














The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans development process is underway. The public is invited to participate at various points in the process. Here’s what you can do now:


Water in Dietary Guidance Graphics

Put Water On My Plate Stickers Design.pn

Contact: DWAlliance@ucanr.edu
Coordinated by Nutrition Policy Institute, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources

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