U.S. Dietary Guidelines

The recently released new U.S. Dietary Guidelines focus on three main themes to help Americans make decisions about healthy eating.

Eat For Health and For the Long Run
The U.S. government suggests developing a healthy eating pattern that can be sustained over a lifetime. According to the guidelines, a healthy eating pattern:

  • Consists of all foods and drinks that a person consumes over time
  • Is adaptable to a person’s taste preferences, culture, traditions, and budget
  • Includes a variety of nutritious foods like vegetables, fruits, grains, low-fat and fat-free dairy, lean meats and other protein foods, and oils
  • Limits saturated fats, trans fats, added sugars, and sodium

Start With Small Changes
Small steps in food choices can help add up to large health benefits and prevent diet-related chronic diseases. These small shifts not only consistently encourage positive behavior, but also amount to a massive behavioral change. Learn more about healthy eating shifts.

Support Healthy Choices for Everyone
Many other factors affect the physical activity and food choices an individual makes. It important to focus efforts on changing the norm and an individual’s health values to align with the Dietary Guidelines. One way to take action is by incorporating MyPlate into key messages:


To learn more about the new guidelines please see:
New Dietary Guidelines Support Healthy Choices for All Americans
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