Smart Nutrition 101

2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines is designed to help Americans eat a healthier diet. Intended for policymakers and health professionals, this edition of the Dietary Guidelines outlines how people can improve their overall eating patterns — the complete combination of foods and drinks in their diet.

Green MyPlate symbol MyPlate Resources

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Check out MyPlate, a food guidance system to help you plan a healthy diet. It includes many useful resources, including tools for assessing your food intake and physical activity.

Someone looking at an iPad Food and Nutrition Apps and Blogs


Find food and nutrition apps for your mobile device, and read recent blog posts to see what's going on in the field.

DRI Essentials book cover Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) and Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) Resources

USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.

Find links to the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) including the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) and the Tolerable Upper Intake Levels (ULs).

Printable Materials and Handouts

Find printable handouts and fact sheets that can be used for health fairs, classes, and other food or nutrition-related events.

Fresh vegetables Healthy Eating

Find practical resources to help you and your family have a healthy diet...from general to specific, from young to old, from brochures to interactive websites. Also find resources for "Eating Vegetarian" and "Eating for Exercise and Sports."

young girl holding books and an apple Nutrition Basics

DHHS. Office on Women's Health.

Read the basics about nutrients: proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water.

Food-Based Dietary Guidelines from Around the World

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

More than 100 countries worldwide have developed food-based dietary guidelines that are adapted to their nutrition situation, food availability, culinary cultures and eating habits.

A person taking notes Evaluating Health Information

DHHS. NIH. National Library of Medicine.

This resource is designed to help consumers judge the reliability and credibility of health information from magazines, TV or the Internet.

Vitamin and Mineral Supplement Fact Sheets

DHHS. NIH. Office of Dietary Supplements.

Learn about the role of specific vitamins and minerals in health and disease.

Facts and Myths Finding the Truth I: Reliable Nutrition and Health Information (PDF | 523 KB)

North Dakota State University Extension Service

This publication will give you a head start in making a rational decision about the nutrition and health information you see.

A bunch of forks holding healthy foods It's All About YOU: Making Healthy Choices (PDF | 2.9MB)

The Dietary Guidelines Alliance

Information to inspire you to take charge of planning your diet and getting the right amount of physical activity.

Question Mark Commonly Asked Questions - Smart Nutrition

Find answers to questions like what is a healthy diet, where to find dietary guidelines, how many servings needed in a day and more...