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NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans promote the ABCs for you and your family’s health. These guidelines are intended for healthy children, ages 2 and older, and adults of any age.
Aim for fitness. This means aim for a healthy weight and be physically active every day. A healthy weight is key to a long, healthy life. Over time, even a small decrease in calories and a small increase in physical activity can keep you from gaining weight or help you lose weight. Engage in 30 minutes or more of moderate physical activity each day.
Build a healthy base. Let the new ChooseMyPlate.gov website be your guide so that you get the vitamins, minerals, and other healthful substances your body needs each day. Since foods within the same food group differ in their array of nutrients and other healthful substances, choosing a variety helps you get all the nutrients and fiber you need. It can also keep your meals interesting from day to day.
Choose sensibly. Choose a diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol and moderate in total fat. Choose beverages and foods that limit your intake of sugars. Choose and prepare foods with less salt. Use the Nutrition Facts Label on packaged foods to help you choose foods lower in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Take care not to let foods high in sugar crowd out other foods you need to maintain health, such as low-fat milk or other good sources of calcium.
Source: American Dietetic Association