Press Release: 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The federal government released its 7th edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans yesterday. These guidelines are evidence-based nutritional points that are purposed to promote health, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and manage the prevalence of overweight and obesity.  Keeping in mind that one-third of children and more than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese, this edition places a strong emphasis on reducing calorie consumption and increasing physical activity. Below are a few points the Dietary Guidelines for Americans emphasize:

  • Maintain calorie balance over time to achieve and sustain a healthy weight
  • Balance food by enjoying your calories and managing your portion sizes
  • Add to your existing variety of fruits and vegetables
  • Change your milk to 1% of fat free
  • Choose lower sodium foods
  • Drink water over sugary drinks
  • Increase physical activity

These are just a few of the many recommendations made by the panel. For more information visit www.cnpp.usda.gov/dietaryguidelines.htm

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