Tools for staying on track? Dietary Guidelines for Americans By: Carla Palermo
Choosemyplate.gov • Choosemyplate.gov is a guide to improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans. • It was established by The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), an organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Primary Objectives • Advance and promote dietary guidance for all Americans, and • Conduct applied research and analyses in nutrition and consumer economics.
My plate Under my plate, it is broken into 6 foods groups: Fruits Vegetables Grains Protein Foods Dairy Oils
My plate • This section is organized based on a few questions: • What’s in the food group? • How much is needed? • Serving size? • Health Benefits and Nutrients • Tips to Help you eat more of this group
Fruits • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables • May reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke. • Most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium and calories. • Fruits are sources of many essential nutrients.
Vegetables • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. • Vegetables are organized into 5 subgroups: • dark green vegetables, starchy vegetables, red and orange vegetables, beans and peas, and other vegetables. • Helps reduce and may lower risk of heart disease. • Important sources of many nutrients.
Grains • Make at least half of your grains whole grains. • Any food from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain is a grain product. • Important sources of many nutrients.
Protein Foods • All foods made from meat, poultry, seafood, beans and peas, eggs, processed soy products, nuts, and seeds. • Vital for health and maintenance of your body.
Dairy • Dairy choices should be fat-free or low-fat. • Milk, yogurt, cheese, soymilk • Linked to improve bone health, and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. • Calcium is used for building bones and teeth and maintaining bone mass.
Oils • Oils are NOT a food group, but they provide essential nutrients. • High in monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats (the good fats). • Lower risk of heart disease.
Weight Management and Calories • Learning what you currently eat and drink • How to make better choices • Personalized daily food plans • How many calories you need • How many calories are in the food and beverages you consume
Physical Activity Being physically active can improve your overall health These are some focus points that choosemyplate.gov talks about: • What is physical activity? • Why is it important? • How much is needed? • How many calories are used? • Tips
SuperTracker • SuperTracker can help you plan, analyze and track your diet and physical activity. • Find out what and how much to eat • Track your food, physical activities and weight • Personalize with goal setting • Broken into age groups • BMI Calculator
Healthy Eating Tips • Choosemyplate.gov also features sample menus and recipes • Provide tips for vegetarians • Tips for eating healthy when eating out • Increasing physical activity • Food safety advice • And much more!
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