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Dietary Guidelines

Want to know what to eat to stay healthy and active? Follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Following the key recommendations for good nutrition and physical activity will help you and your family stay healthy and fit, help you get the nutrients you need each day, and help you make sensible choices that reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases. Check out the links below to find out how simple it can be to eat better and live better. 

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Balance Calories to Manage Weight

Calorie balance over time is the key to weight management. In order to balance your calories, you need to know how many calories are right for you.

How many calories are right for you?

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Foods and Food Components to Reduce

Consuming certain foods and food components in excessive amounts may increase your risk of chronic diseases. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommends reducing consumption of sodium, solid fats, added sugars, and refined grains. Follow the link below to find out why and how.

Foods to reduce

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Foods and Nutrients to Increase

Nutrient-dense foods are vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, beans and peas (legumes), and nuts and seeds that are prepared without added solid fats, sugars, starches and sodium. Find out how to follow these recommendations as part of a healthy eating pattern while staying within your calorie needs.

Foods to increase

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How to Eat Better for Less with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010

Cooking food from scratch rather than relying on packaged foods, and eating at home more often saves money and time. It also allows you to control the ingredients you are consuming. This guide can serve as a tool for you to use when planning and shopping for meals.

Eating Better for Less

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Let's Eat for the Health of It

Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl. Foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean protein foods contain the nutrients you need without too many calories. Here are some quick tips on how to make sure you're getting what you need.

Eat to live!

 For  the full report, see the USDA/USDHHS Publication Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010.