It’s official! The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans will be released Monday, January 31. Ok, maybe you aren’t as excited about the release as I am, but hopefully by the end of this post you’ll have a change of heart.
Why are the dietary guidelines important? For starters, all federal food and nutrition education programs, such as the National School Lunch Program, are based on the recommendations found in the dietary guidelines. Published every 5 years in attempt keep up with advances in research, the Dietary Guidelines provide nutrition guidance for Americans over the age of two. While most people will never actually read the entire report (the 2005 Dietary Guidelines is 84 pages!), there is an easier way to find out what the dietary guidelines are. MyPyramid.gov is a helpful, interactive tool that provides individualized nutrition information based on the latest Dietary Guidelines. If you want to learn more about healthy eating and exercise habits, check out the MyPyramid.gov website and have fun with the interactive tools, like MenuPlanner and MyPyramid Tracker!
If you are interested in checking out the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the report will be available on the USDA webpage immediately following the press conference on January 31st.