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New Dietary Guidelines Include Need to Increase Physical Activity

by ODPHP January 31, 2011

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010

On January 31, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced the release of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010.  We are pleased to share these evidence-based guidelines with the physical activity community.  The guidelines offer nutrition guidance to promote health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases and reduce overweight and obesity through improved nutrition and physical activity. 

This new version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 places stronger emphasis on reducing calorie consumption and increasing physical activity to help with confronting the obesity epidemic.

The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans focus on balancing calories with physical activity, and encourage Americans to consume more nutrient dense foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, and seafood, and to consume less sodium, saturated and trans fats, added sugars, and refined grains.  These guidelines continue to advise the public to consume alcohol in moderation, if at all.  The Dietary Guidelines physical activity recommendations are from the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

The new guidelines also include a call to action for helping Americans make healthy choices for lifelong healthy eating, physical activity, and weight management.  We encourage physical activity organizations and practitioners to take an active role in the movement to make American healthy by using these new guidelines in your communities and by helping Americans bring the key recommendations into their lives. 

To learn more about the guidelines visit:

Please join us as we ensure that all Americans have access to actionable information about how to incorporate the guidelines into their lives, nutritious foods, and opportunities for physical activity.

How does your organization envision using the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans?

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2/2/2011 2:05:09 AM #

exerciseing regularly is as important as eating. Its very important to have a fast metabolism! Nice guidelines, hope people stick to it.

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sanjana India |

2/8/2011 4:03:47 PM #

At Healthy Kids Challenge we are using the Dietary Guidelines as further evidence in support of the Healthy6 core messages of:

1. Active Play Every Day
2. Breakfast GO Power
3. Drink Think
4. Fruits and Veggies Every Day the Tasty Way
5. Smart Servings
6. Snack Attack

We have long advocated for more movement balanced with the foods we eat. All our Healthy6 messages encompass the Guidelines' major principles of more fruits, veggies, whole grains, and low fat or fat free dairy, AND less sodium, fat, and sugar as part of a healthy diet.

We have new nutrition education curriculum, training, and resources for all the above and invite you to take a look. We also have free resources for download if you need.

Thanks for this post!

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Tammy Simons United States |

8/1/2011 3:56:37 AM #

In summary, the existence of the low carb diet has been recorded throughout history. Before, it was thought that a low fat diet was the most direct and effective tool to losing or maintaining weight. Fat contains most of a food's flavor. Low fat diets forced people to consume low fat foods with enhanced sugar content. In fact, all processed low fat foods contain added sugar. These sugars contribute to weight gain as sugar is the first element that the body converts into fat.

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IntraMAX United States |

10/24/2011 11:05:09 PM #

Well, having a healthy diet is like that we are  protecting our self from any health threatening diseases. It also promote a good health and in-boost metabolism for any physical activities that you might have. Hope every one can read this kind of topic.

Thomas Jensen United States |

10/24/2011 11:20:14 PM #

Everyone needs to have a healthy diets in order to have a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise is a other thing to have with that healthy diets. This is another thing to improve in our lives.

Jeffrey Mount United States |

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