School Nutrition Resources

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.
  • Shift to healthier food and beverage choices.
  • Support healthy eating patterns for all.

Find out more at http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/

My Plate is 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:

    • Vary your veggies
    • Focus on fruits
    • Make at least half your grains whole grains
    • Go lean with protein
    • Get your calcium-rich diary foods

Visit http://www.choosemyplate.gov/ for tools, tips and more to help you choose a healthy plate.

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.gov/ to learn more about food, nutrition and physical activity.

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