The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) places an important focus on children because of the growing body of evidence documenting the vital role that optimal nutrition plays throughout the lifespan.Download PDF
This simple meal plan provides a flexible and realistic way to get the most nutrition for your calories by focusing on nutrient-dense foods and beverages such as low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products, fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains.Download PDF
The new 2010 Dietary Guidelines emphasize a total diet approach, urging Americans to reduce calories and watch portion sizes, make more nutrient-rich choices, and move more. Nutrient-rich food choices include fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products. The nation’s obesity numbers continue to climb, yet surprisingly many Americans are falling short on key nutrients that could put their health at risk. To address the obesity epidemic the nation faces – especially among children – the federal government released the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, research-based nutrition guidance that aims to “prevent and/or reduce overweight and obesity through improved eating and physical activity behaviors.”
- Nutrition experts agree that most Americans are overweight yet undernourished - consuming more calories than needed but not enough nutrient-rich foods packed with vitamins and essential nutrients (such as protein and fiber) to help them achieve better health. As the nation turns its attention to reducing calories, getting the most nutrients from those calories becomes essential.
- Choose foods based on their total nutrient package instead of choosing foods based solely on what they don't contain - such as fat, sugar and salt.
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The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends these intakes of the following foods or food groups within MyPlate as good sources of important nutrients that help provide the foundation for a healthy diet.Download PDF
2010 Dietary Guidelines
Milk Group foods are a core part of healthy dietary patterns recommended by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) The DGA recommends 3 cups of low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products daily for those 9 years or older, 2.5 servings for those 4-8 years old, and 2 servings for those 2-3 years old.Download PDF
Making food choices for a healthy lifestyle can be as simple as using these 10 Tips. Use the ideas in this list to balance your calories, to choose foods to eat more often, and to cut back on foods to eat less often.Download PDF