Making the smart food and nutrition choices is a necessary part of everyone's daily life.
As a person ages, a healthy eating plan emphasizes the variety of food groups, including fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free dairy products.
MyPlate is the U.S. government's primary food group symbol to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Learn more about translating the guidelines into your everyday life.
With the USDA's launching of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, designed to improve the nutrition of 32 million schoolchildren nationwide, the school cafeteria will get a whole lot healthier.
Help children choose nutritious foods at school, plan brain-boosting after school snacks, and advocate for strong school wellness policies.
Get to know the basics of the Nutrition Facts Panel, and understand the parts and pieces, from serving size, total calories and fat to percent of Daily Values.
Be a smart shopper by reading labels to find out more about the foods you eat. Learn the basics of the Nutrition Facts Panel, the meaning of health claims, terms and symbols on food packaging, and how to use that information to identify healthy choices.
Does your child have a food allergy or intolerance? Partner with your school's food service and nutrition staff to find safe and nutritious options.
Well-planned vegetarian diets can be nutritionally adequate and provide many health benefits. See vegetarian meal ideas, food sources of important nutrients, vegetarian terms and more.
Malnutrition is a physical state of unbalanced nutrition. It can mean undernutrition or overnutrition. Registered dietitian nutritionists are working hard to improve the speed and accuracy of malnutrition diagnosis and nutrition interventions in health care. Read More
Although it can be easy for families to slip into unhealthy food habits, with some practice, you can steer your child toward healthier choices. Read More
At the grocery store, you'll find plenty of products with health benefits proclaimed on their packaging. Can these modified foods be considered functional foods? What is a functional food exactly? Read More
You've packed your child a lunchbox worthy of sharing on social media, so why are the contents untouched at the end of the day? Work with your kids to see if some simple sleuthing can help you determine the cause of lunchtime leftovers. Read More
Parents and caretakers know that for many children, new foods can be scary. Use these eight non-meal activities to develop positive relationships with food instead of mealtime battles. Read More
Think outside the heart-shaped box and use Valentine's Day classroom parties as a time to learn about healthy snacking with treats that feature dairy, whole grains and fruits and vegetables. Read More
Minimizing added sugar is a priority for many parents, but it's not as simple as trading cookies and soda for fruit and water. Added sugar can be found in many foods where you may not expect it. Read More
Making the right food and nutrition choices is a necessary part of daily life — but finding the best and most accurate information can be confusing. Read More
Do you ever feel as though a sweet tooth or craving for salty foods is holding you back from your health goals? You can still eat right while including these occasional treats. Read More
For vegetarians, it's important to choose a variety of foods — including whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds — to make sure you are meeting nutritional needs each day. Read More