American Dietery Guidelines -   The new 2015 Dietery Guidelines will be released later this year.  Here is a short  excerpt of the summary:    The 2015 DGAC’s work was guided by two fundamental realities. First, about half of all 11 American adults—117 million individuals—have one or more preventable, chronic diseases, and 12 about two-thirds of U.S. adults—nearly 155 million individuals—are overweight or obese. These  conditions have been highly prevalent for more than two decades.  Poor dietary patterns,  overconsumption of calories, and physical inactivity directly contribute to these disorders.  Second, individual nutrition and physical activity behaviors and other health-related lifestyle  behaviors are strongly influenced by personal, social, organizational, and environmental contexts  and systems. Positive changes in individual diet and physical activity behaviors, and in the  environmental contexts and systems that affect them, could substantially improve health  outcomes.   For a opy of the 2010 guidelines go to:

2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans cover; click here to download the PDF, 2.9 MB - provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information. As Americans are experiencing epidemic rates of overweight and obesity, the online resources and tools can empower people to make healthier food choices for themselves, their families, and their children.      can help you plan, analyze, and track your diet and physical activity. Find out what and how much to eat; track foods, physical activities, and weight; and personalize with goal setting, virtual coaching, and journaling - See more at:


National Institute of Health - Use the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Body Weight Planner for help setting your personal calorie goal or goal weight.