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  1. Tools for staying on track? Dietary Guidelines for Americans By: Carla Palermo

  2. Choosemyplate.gov • Choosemyplate.gov is a guide to improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans. • It was established by The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), an organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  3. Primary Objectives • Advance and promote dietary guidance for all Americans, and • Conduct applied research and analyses in nutrition and consumer economics.

  4. Now let’s explore the website a little more….

  5. My plate Under my plate, it is broken into 6 foods groups: Fruits Vegetables Grains Protein Foods Dairy Oils

  6. My plate • This section is organized based on a few questions: • What’s in the food group? • How much is needed? • Serving size? • Health Benefits and Nutrients • Tips to Help you eat more of this group

  7. Fruits • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables • May reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke. • Most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium and calories. • Fruits are sources of many essential nutrients.

  8. Vegetables • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. • Vegetables are organized into 5 subgroups: • dark green vegetables, starchy vegetables, red and orange vegetables, beans and peas, and other vegetables. • Helps reduce and may lower risk of heart disease. • Important sources of many nutrients.

  9. Grains • Make at least half of your grains whole grains. • Any food from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain is a grain product. • Important sources of many nutrients.

  10. Protein Foods • All foods made from meat, poultry, seafood, beans and peas, eggs, processed soy products, nuts, and seeds. • Vital for health and maintenance of your body.

  11. Dairy • Dairy choices should be fat-free or low-fat. • Milk, yogurt, cheese, soymilk • Linked to improve bone health, and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. • Calcium is used for building bones and teeth and maintaining bone mass.

  12. Oils • Oils are NOT a food group, but they provide essential nutrients. • High in monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats (the good fats). • Lower risk of heart disease.

  13. What else can be found on this website?

  14. Weight Management and Calories • Learning what you currently eat and drink • How to make better choices • Personalized daily food plans • How many calories you need • How many calories are in the food and beverages you consume

  15. Physical Activity Being physically active can improve your overall health These are some focus points that choosemyplate.gov talks about: • What is physical activity? • Why is it important? • How much is needed? • How many calories are used? • Tips

  16. SuperTracker • SuperTracker can help you plan, analyze and track your diet and physical activity. • Find out what and how much to eat • Track your food, physical activities and weight • Personalize with goal setting • Broken into age groups • BMI Calculator

  17. Healthy Eating Tips • Choosemyplate.gov also features sample menus and recipes • Provide tips for vegetarians • Tips for eating healthy when eating out • Increasing physical activity • Food safety advice • And much more!

  18. References: Choosemyplate.gov

  19. You have the control You are the change Be the change

  20. Thank you for listening and please make smart nutrition decisions!