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Updated DRI Calculator for Health Professionals

This tool will calculate daily nutrient recommendations based on the Dietary Reference Intakes.

The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Open Comment Period

The U.S.D.A and H.H.S are currently asking for public comments on the topics and scientific questions to inform development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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Historical Dietary Guidance Digital Collection

This collection allows users to browse and search over 900 federal dietary guidance and nutrition education publications.

2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Scientific Report

Summarizes the scientific evidence on physical activity and health, and will be used by the government to develop the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

Rural Food Access Toolkit

Evidence-based resources to implement food access programs in rural communities

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1. Feb. 28, 2018 to March 30, 2018: The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services are currently asking for public comments on the topics and scientific questions to inform our development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The public may submit comments through the Federal Register. The topics, supporting scientific questions, and link to submit public comments will be available at

2. March 19, 2018:The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is providing an additional 60 days for public comment on the agency’s proposed rule to revoke the authorized health claim on the relationship between soy protein and reduced risk of coronary heart disease. To submit comments: To submit visit and type FDA-2017-N-0763.

3. April 2, 2018: The public is encouraged to view the Scientific Report of the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee and provide written comments to the federal government at 

3. June 26-28, 2018: The 52nd Annual Microwave Power Symposium (IMPI 52) Food Science & Technology Program. The Hilton Hotel, Long Beach, California. Call for Papers Deadline: January 26, 2018. 

4. July 16-17, 2018 Healthy Aging Summit. The 2018 Healthy Aging Summit goals are to; Explore the science on health aging, identify knowledge gaps, promote prevention and support people aging in place and in their community. Abstracts due by February 5, 2018. Submit abstract here


The Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) is a leader in online global nutrition information. Located at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) of the United States Department of Agriculture, the FNIC website contains over 2500 links to current and reliable nutrition information.

The Food and Agriculture Act of 1977 (Farm Bill) established the Food and Nutrition Information and Education Resources Center (later known as the Food and Nutrition Information Center, or FNIC) as a permanent entity within NAL. (see p.26 of PDF).

FNIC strives to serve the professional community (including educators, health professionals and researchers) by providing access to a wide range of trustworthy food and nutrition resources from both government and non-government sources. The FNIC website provides information about food and human nutrition. The materials found on this website are not intended to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or as a substitute for consulting a licensed health professional.

To learn more about FNIC's content and linking policy, please review the webmaster section of the Frequently Asked Questions.  

The use of trade, firm, or corporation names in this website (or in website pages) is for the information and convenience of the reader. Such use does not constitute an official endorsement or approval by USDA or the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of any product or service to the exclusion of others that may be suitable. Likewise, some databases available on the FNIC website include resources from "non-government entities." Inclusion of these materials in a database does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by FNIC or the U.S. Government.

Online: If you have a question related to food and nutrition please use the Ask a Question form.

In person: FNIC Specialists can assist you Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EST at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Beltsville, Maryland.

By phone: Call (301) 504-5414 to talk to an Information Specialist

By mail:

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