I received a press release today (January 31, 2011) announcing the release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are the federal government’s attempt at “evidence-based nutritional guidance to promote health, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity through improved nutrition and physical activity.” While not perfect, it’s a good place to start.
This is the 7th edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans and there is more emphasis on lowering calorie intake and increased physical activity in hopes of battling obesity.
“The 2010 Dietary Guidelines are being released at a time when the majority of adults and one in three children is overweight or obese and this is a crisis that we can no longer ignore,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “These new and improved dietary recommendations give individuals the information to make thoughtful choices of healthier foods in the right portions and to complement those choices with physical activity. The bottom line is that most Americans need to trim our waistlines to reduce the risk of developing diet-related chronic disease. Improving our eating habits is not only good for every individual and family, but also for our country.”
The guidelines also hope to convince Americans to eat healthier foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, and seafood, while cutting back on sodium, saturated and trans fats, added sugars, and refined grains.
“Helping Americans incorporate these guidelines into their everyday lives is important to improving the overall health of the American people,” said Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius. “The new Dietary Guidelines provide concrete action steps to help people live healthier, more physically active and longer lives.”
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans highlight the most important messages that have the biggest impact on improving public health by calling them Key Recommendations. For most people, 23 Key Recommendations are included in the guidelines as well as and six additional Key Recommendations for specific groups, such as pregnant women.
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