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 includes 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: https://health.gov/our-work/food-nutrition
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 dairy foods
Visit http://www.choosemyplate.gov/ for tools, tips, and more to help you choose a healthy plate.