Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate

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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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    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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    Kids and Portion Control

    One reason kids may not be eating appropriately sized portions is that they may not recognize what a MyPlate serving size actually looks like. Read More

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    Explore Produce with Kids

    Do you struggle to get your grade-schooler to eat fruits and vegetables? Here are suggestions to get them to explore more and enjoy fruits and veggies. Read More

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    Sugar Substitutes: How Much is too Much?

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    The FDA states that sugar substitutes are safe to eat in the amounts that people typically consume. But just how much is acceptable and safe for human consumption? Read More

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    Make Yogurt Fun

    Drinking milk and eating yogurt can be excellent food sources of calcium in your diet. Use these tips to get kids to try dairy. Read More

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    Foods for Your Lifestyle

    Whether you're a vegetarian, student, athlete, busy parent or a jet-setting executive, it's important to build an eating plan with your unique lifestyle and nutritional needs in mind. Read More

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    Children Need Carbohydrates

    In recent years, several diet fads have recommended the reduction, or even elimination, of carbohydrates from our usual diets. But are such "low carb" diets good for a child? Read More

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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

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    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