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The Tools You Need to Succeed
Research studies and breaking news about food and nutrition appear in headlines almost every day. With so many changes, it can be difficult to tell which recommendations are based on strong scientific evidence, and which are simply marketing materials.
Arm yourself with the knowledge to know the difference with these four tools:
- Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are the food and nutrition experts, translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.
- The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are issued and updated every five years by the U.S. government and provide science-based recommendations to promote health and reduce the risk for major chronic diseases. The guidelines are jointly published by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health & Human Services and are developed with the substantial input of registered dietitian nutritionists.
- MyPlate and www.choosemyplate.gov are designed to help individuals follow the key recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. MyPlate provides practical information to individuals to help build healthier diets. The online resources and tools can empower people to make healthier food choices for themselves, their families and their children.
- Food labels are a key tool for locating and evaluating the nutritional content of the foods and beverages you purchase.
For more information on the tools you need to succeed in developing a healthy lifestyle, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area and visit our Get the Facts page.
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Reviewed February 2013