Jul 31 2015

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans FAQs

Q: What is the Dietary Guidelines for Americans policy? A: The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (Dietary Guidelines) provides advice for making food and physical activity choices that promote good health, a healthy weight, and help prevent disease for Americans ages 2 years and over, including Americans at increased risk of chronic disease. The recommendations are based on a rigorous review of relevant scientific evidence that occurs through a transparent process. The Dietary Guidelines serves as the cornerstone for all federal nutrition education and program activities. Q: Why is the Dietary Guidelines important? A: The Dietary Guidelines forms the basis of federal nutrition policy, education, outreach, and food assistance programs used by consumers, industry, nutrition educators, and health professionals. All federal dietary guidance for the public is required to be consistent with the Dietary Guidelines, which provides scientific basis for the government to speak in a consistent and uniform manner. The Dietary Guidelines is used in the development of print and web-based educational materials, messages, tools, and programs to communicate healthy eating and physical activity information to the public. Q: Why does the government create the Dietary Guidelines and when is it updated? A: The Dietary Guidelines is congressionally mandated under the 1990 National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act (Public Law 101-445, Section 301, Title III). This law requires that the Dietary Guidelines are based on the preponderance of current scientific and medical knowledge, ...

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Jun 02 2015

Happy Birthday to MyPlate!!!!

Celebrate MyPlate’s 4th Birthday All Week Long! //   Today is MyPlate's birthday and we want to celebrate this milestone with you! It was exactly 4 years ago today, on June 2, 2011, that MyPlate was first introduced, replacing the food guide pyramids with which many of us grew up. MyPlate has been inspiring healthy plates for 4 years! And now we have a library of MyPlates in multiple languages for you to use and share.  Adding to the English version and the Spanish MiPlato, this suite of MyPlate icons in 20 languages is accompanied by a translated tip sheet. The translated resources can be used by educators, public health groups, and others to reach more Americans with healthy eating messages based on the Dietary Guidelines. Find tips for enjoying foods from many cultures here. Join our celebration all week long on Facebook or Twitter and tell us what MyPlate means to you!

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Mar 02 2012

National Nutrition Month-March 2012: Get Your Plate In Shape!

NERDEL AND THE NERDEL COMPANY JOIN WITH ACADEMY OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS   DURING NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH® ENCOURAGING EVERYONE TO ‘GET YOUR PLATE IN SHAPE’   Month-long campaign highlights the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits  Nerdel and The Nerdel Company are proud to join the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) during March in celebrating National Nutrition Month®. This year’s National Nutrition Month theme is “Get Your Plate in Shape” and encourages consumers to remember to include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy on their plates every day.  Here are a few ways to “Get Your Plate in Shape” from the food and nutrition experts at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:  Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables: Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark-green, red and orange varieties. Add fresh, dried, frozen or canned fruits to meals and snacks. Make at least half your grains whole: Choose 100 percent whole-grain breads, cereals, crackers, pasta and brown rice. Check the ingredients list on food packages to find whole-grain foods. Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk: Fat-free and low-fat milk have the same amount of calcium and other essential nutrients as whole milk, but less fat and calories. For those who are lactose intolerant, try lactose-free milk or a calcium-fortified soy beverage. Vary your protein choices: Eat a variety of foods from ...

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Mar 04 2010

Graehm Gray: Restaurant Nutritional Labeling Laws

I was eating at a favorite restaurant with my family and another family and I started a discussion about the proposed regulations requiring restaurants to show all of the nutritional information on their menus. I asked the kids (girls ages 11-13) first what that would mean for them. Initially I thought that I would hear that they really wouldn’t look at that information. I was surprised at the answers. I listened as they told me very matter of fact, that they would read it and in fact would change their choices if they saw too much fat, sugar or salt. However I am not so sure when it comes to desserts if the nutrition facts would play any part in their decision making. Then I moved on to the adults. So I asked-would it matter to you? The answer I heard was-I would definitely read the information and tell my kids to choose something healthy. So I said-what about your choice. The responses were polarized-the moms said they would definitely choose a healthy item. The dad said-he would try to pick a healthier item but if not he would try to exercise more the next day if he didn’t. An interesting social experiment. You see my friends, it is inevitable that we will be getting barraged with more nutritional information-at the stores, on television, on the web and at now at ...

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