Food and Nutrition

Healthy People.gov

DIETARY GUIDELINES FOR AMERICANS

Chapter 1 – Key Elements of Healthy Eating Patterns
Summarizing the necessity to monitor total sugar, sodium and fat intake in our diets.

Recommended Dietary Guidelines

Recommended Food portions and calorie counts

Chapter 2 – Shifts Needed to Align with Healthy Eating Patterns

Chapter 3 – Everyone Has a Role in Supporting Healthy Eating Patterns

Recommendations for Physical Guidelines for Americans

In addition to consuming a healthy eating pattern, regular physical activity is one of the most important things Americans can do to improve their health. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans,[1] released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides a comprehensive set of recommendations for Americans on the amounts and types of physical activity needed each day.

Adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity and should perform muscle-strengthening exercises on 2 or more days each week.

Youth ages 6 to 17 years need at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day, including aerobic, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening activities (see Table A1-1 for additional details). Just as individuals can achieve a healthy eating pattern in a variety of ways that meet their personal and cultural preferences, they can engage in regular physical activity in a variety of ways throughout the day and by choosing activities they enjoy.

Table A1-2 provides a list of Federal resources, including handouts, online assessments, trackers, and interactive websites. These can be used to help motivate consumer audiences to make healthy physical activity choices.

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