Dietary Guidelines for Good Health
To prevent disease, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend eating lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or nonfat dairy products. The guidelines also emphasize:
These guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are updated every 5 years to promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases.
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Key recommendations for the general public include the following.
1 Balancing calories
Enjoy your food, but eat less.
Avoid oversized portions.
Prevent and/or reduce
overweight and obesity through healthy eating and physical activity. Control your total calorie intake to manage your weight. For people who are
overweight or obese, this means eating fewer calories from foods and drinks. Increase your
physical activity, and reduce the time you are not moving. Eat enough calories, but not too many, during each stage of life-childhood, adolescence, adulthood,
pregnancy and breast-feeding, and older age.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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