The Old Food Pyramid
My, my, my... we have come such a very long way
in understanding how nutrition and exercise work together for
healthy minds and bodies ...and longevity! The old
Food Pyramid pictured above dates back to 2002 and
although the concept of food groups remains much the same, the
clearly recognizes that "One size doesn't fit all."
Understanding The New Food
The USDA has come a very long way in designing
new dietary guidelines with the "My Pyramid" line-up of
helpful websites and online interactive tools to help you
get the best nutrition guidelines for you and your
Even better, they've broken it down to specific needs...
If you haven't yet visited the NEW Food Pyramid group of
websites, you're missing out on some of the excellent -- and
free -- online interactive tools that can help you and your
family keep on track for an active and healthy lifestyle.
Click here to go inside the NEW Food
The New Food Pyramid
The USA Federal Government Dietary Guidelines
are jointly issued and updated every 5 years by the
Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human
Services (HHS). They provide authoritative advice for
people two years and older about how good dietary habits
can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic
The 2005 Dietary Guidelines remain the current guidance
until the 2010 Dietary Guidelines are published.
Click here to learn more about the
2005 Dietary Guidelines (pdf version)
presented through the Federal Government's Food Pyramid
website. The recommendations in the 2005 Dietary Guidelines
are for Americans over 2 years of age.
Throughout most of this publication, examples use a
2,000-calorie level as a reference for consistency with the
Nutrition Facts Panel. Although this level is used as a
reference, recommended calorie intake will differ for
individuals based on age, gender, and activity level. At each
calorie level, individuals who eat nutrient-dense foods may be
able to meet their recommended nutrient intake without
consuming their full calorie allotment. The remaining
calories-the discretionarycalorie allowance-allow individuals
flexibility to consume some foods and beverages that may
contain added fats, added sugars, and alcohol.
Click here for a sneak peek at who the
people are behind the scenes working on the 2010 Dietary
Collection of Websites
Start out right as a new mom or mom-to-be
with the tips and tools provided in this section of the
new MyPyramid website. Includes a MyPyramid Plan for Moms
where you can design your optimum plan. Click here for the MyPyramid Plan for
MyPyramid for Preschoolers
is for children 2 to 5 years of age and is host to several
online tools to help you help your preschooler. Create a
growth chart to monitor your preschooler's development,
find sample meal patterns for meals and snacks, get tips
to help them develop healthy eating and activity habits,
and more. Click here for MyPyramid for
MyPyramid for Kids
contains materials designed specifically for children aged
6 to 11 including exciting interactive online games to
help teach them about good nutrition. Help for families
with children as well as great classroom training
materials, this is the site you want to visit if you have
children in the 6 to 11 years of age range. Click here for MyPyramid for Kids.
The MyPyramid Menu Planner
is an interactive website where you can determine your
personal MyPyramid goals. Then you can start planning
menus by searching for foods and beverages you plan to eat
and you can save your menu choices for later by
registering. Registration is completely free. Support your
nutrition goals with this highly interactive website...
click here to register for your free
MyPyramid Menu Planner.
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