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Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010

On January 31, 2011, the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack and the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius announced the release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the federal government’s evidence-based guidance to promote health, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity through improved nutrition and physical activity.

The new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans focus on balancing calories with physical activity, and encourage Americans to consume more healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products and seafood and to consume less sodium, saturated and trans fats, added sugars, and refined grains.

“Helping Americans incorporate these guidelines into their everyday lives is important to improving the overall health of the American people,” said HHS Secretary Sebelius. “The new Dietary Guidelines provide concrete action steps to help people live healthier, more physically active and longer lives.”

USDA and HHS have conducted this latest review of the scientific literature, and have developed and issued the 7th edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans in a joint effort that is mandated by Congress. The Guidelines form the basis of federal nutrition policy, as well as Federal nutrition assistance programs such as congregate and home delivered meals of the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program and nutrition advice provided by health care professionals.  The 2010 Dietary Guidelines is available at  Available materials include: a press release, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, an Executive Summary, Selected Messages for Consumers, a Backgrounder, and Questions and Answers. 

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