New Dietary Guidelines Aim to Help Americans Make Healthier Choices

February 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm Leave a comment

The federal government  released the 7th edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to promote health, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity through improved nutrition and physical activity.

Because more than one-third of children and more than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans places stronger emphasis on reducing calorie consumption and increasing physical activity.

Here are a few of the recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines:

  • Avoid oversized portions.
  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
  • Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread and frozen meals – and choose the foods with lower numbers.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

Source: The USDA and Department of Health and Human Services

Entry filed under: Managing your health, Nutrition.

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