The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are published jointly every 5 years by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Guidelines help all individuals ages 2 years and older and their families consume a healthy, nutritionally adequate diet. They are used in developing Federal food, nutrition, and health policies and programs. The 2015-2020 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans include 5 general guidelines:
Follow a healthy eating pattern across the lifespan.
Focus on variety, nutrient density, and amount.
Limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats and reduce sodium intake.
My Plateis USDA’s food guidance system, replacing My Pyramid and the Food Guide Pyramid. My Plate illustrates the 5 food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet. Select messages include balancing calories, foods to increase, and foods to reduce. Food group tips include:
Let’s Move! is a campaign to help raise a generation of healthier kids. Programs target parents, kids, schools, and more. Visit http://www.letsmove.govto learn more about food, nutrition and physical activity.
The data contained within these reports and the NUTRIKIDS Menu Planning and Nutritional Analysis Software should not be used for and does not provide menu planning for a child with a medical condition or food allergy. Ingredients and menu items are subject to change or substitution without notice. Please consult a medical professional for assistance in planning for or treating medical conditions.