USDA develops and promotes dietary guidance and nutritional recommendations aimed at improving the health and well-being of Americans.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, jointly issued by USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services, are the cornerstone of Federal nutrition policy and nutrition education activities.
Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum
Serving Up MyPlate is a new collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts and Health.
USDA provides nutritious food plans to accommodate thrifty, low-cost, moderate-cost, and liberal budgets.
Healthy Eating Index
The Healthy Eating Index is a summary measure of overall diet quality. It provides a picture of the types and quantities of food people eat and the degree to which diets comply with the recommendations set forth in the Dietary Guidelines and the Food Guide Pyramid.
USDA provides information on dietary supplements, including vitamins, minerals, and botanicals.
Diet and Human Performance Laboratory
USDA analyzes and makes recommendations on how the dietary intake of energy, fiber, and fat promotes life-long maintenance of health and optimizes quality of life.
Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children
The Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children is an adaptation of the original Food Guide Pyramid designed to simplify educational messages and focus on young children's food preferences and nutritional requirements.
Diet and Health Brief
USDA examines all aspects of American food choices such as what we eat, where we eat it, why we eat it, what effect these choices have for America's farmers, and what might be the health consequences of those choices.
USDA conducts research to monitor and evaluate food consumption in America from various perspectives. Research analysts examine what we eat, how much we pay for our food, and how our food consumption choices relate to diet quality and nutrition.
To help meet the goal of healthier children, USDA launched Team Nutrition to help make implementation of healthy school meals in schools easier and more successful.
National Nutrient Database
USDA's online National Nutrient Database is a user friendly, searchable version of the authoritative nutrient database available for download free of charge.