New dietary guidelines advocate physical activity, calorie control

Krisberg, Kim
March 2005
Nation's Health;Mar2005, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p1
This article provides information on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans released by the U.S. federal government in January 2005. The guidelines received widespread praise for a heightened focus on physical activity and calorie control as well as emphasis on eating fruits and vegetables. Federal dietary guidelines help form the basis of government food-assistance programs, such as the school lunch and breakfast programs, food stamps and the Women, Infants and Children program. In addition to the dietary guidelines, which are jointly produced by the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Agriculture, a new consumer-oriented brochure was also created. Some key recommendations of the guidelines are to engage in physical activity, urging adults who want to lose weight to participate in 60 minutes to 90 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise daily. Two cups of fruit and two-and-a-half cups of vegetables daily are recommended as well as three cups of low-fat or fat-free milk. American Public Health Association member Yvonne Bonner, a member of the federal dietary guidelines committee, pointed to a number of changes in the guidelines she said would help people better monitor their diets. A major change is a switch from talking in terms of servings to talking about cups.


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