The next stage of the development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) is underway with the recent appointment of 20 nationally recognized scientists to serve on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The committee will review scientific evidence on specific nutrition and health related topics and scientific questions that, for the first time, reflect both public comments and federal agency input. The public and other stakeholders will be encouraged to provide comments and feedback throughout the committee's deliberations.
The National Drinking Water Alliance is leading an ongoing national campaign to urge USDA and HHS to add a symbol for drinking water to the MyPlate graphic when revising the DGAs. Visit our Take Action page for more information about the DGAs development process and opportunities to make your voice heard.
The DGAs are updated every five years and serve as the cornerstone of federal nutrition programs and policies, providing food- and beverage-based recommendations to help prevent diet-related chronic diseases and promote overall health. According to the USDA, the next edition of the DGAs will continue to focus on dietary patterns of what Americans eat and drink as a whole, on average and over time, to help prevent disease and keep people healthy. Additionally, the review process will take a life-stage approach and will, for the first time, include pregnant women and children from birth to 24 months as mandated by the 2014 Farm Bill.