Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate

Healthy Eating for Older Adults

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.

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    Discover the Health Benefits of Produce

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    Eating enough fruits and vegetables is linked to a lower risk of many chronic diseases and may help protect against certain types of cancer. Read More

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    Eat Right and Drink Responsibly

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    About the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

    The guidelines are jointly published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and are developed with substantial input from registered dietitian nutritionists. Read More

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    Explore Produce with Kids

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    Sugar Substitutes: How Much is too Much?

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    Make Yogurt Fun

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    Foods for Your Lifestyle

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    Children Need Carbohydrates

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    What Is a Whole Grain?

    Including whole grains as part of a healthy diet has been shown to help reduce cardiovascular disease, lower body weight and reduce incidence of diabetes. Read More

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    Feed Your Body Right

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    Think your nutrition needs stay the same your whole adult life? Think again. Check out our handy guide to figure out which foods will help boost your health no matter your age. Read More

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    Don't Forget the Dairy

    Now is a good time to brush up on delicious ways to include dairy foods as part of your healthful eating plan. Read More

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    Healthy Weights for Healthy Older Adults

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    Healthy Eating for Women

    A balanced diet is a cornerstone of health and women have special nutrient needs that change during each stage of a life. Read More

  • Healthy Aging

    Food, Nutrients and Your Teen

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    Iron and Your Teen

    Poor food choices or restricting food to lose weight are two common reasons many teens don't consume enough iron when they need it the most. Read More

  • Vegetarian and Special Diets

    Tips to Keep Your Vegetarian Child Healthy

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    MyPlate in the School Cafeteria

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    Food additives have been used for centuries to improve and preserve the taste, texture, nutrition and appearance of food. Read More

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    When Should My Kids Snack?

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    Why Is My Child Always Hungry?

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    What Is Glycemic Index?

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  • Eat Right at School

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    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. Read More

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    Pack Nutrition into Every Meal, Every Day

    With a few strategies, parents can help kids meet their nutritional needs, which will support their growth and encourage healthy body weights as their minds and bodies grow. Read More

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    Introducing Solid Foods to Toddlers

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    Healthy Weights for Healthy Teens

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    Healthy Weight Gain

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  • Culture and Traditions

    Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day

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    Tips to Eat Right at School

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    Do You Baby Your Baby?

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