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Following Dietary Guidelines
What are the Dietary Guidelines?
Recommendations for diet choices among
healthy Americans who are 2 years of age
or older.
 Result from the research done by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture and the U.S.
Department of Health and Human
Food Groups
A category of foods that contain similar
 There are 6 food groups
Bread, cereal, rice, pasta
Milk, yogurt, and cheese
Meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs and nuts
Fats, oils, and sweets
The old food guide pyramid
New food guide pyramid
How much do I need from each food
With the new food guide pyramid,
MyPyramid, you can personalize the
pyramid to fit your needs and get your
own recommendations of each food
 This will be based on your age, gender,
height, weight, and amount of physical
 Supertracker
Dietary Guideline ABC’s
A-Aim for Fitness
◦ Aim for a healthy weight
 Choose a lifestyle that combines sensible eating
with regular exercise
◦ Be physically active each day
 Moderate physical activity is any activity that
requires about as much energy as walking 2 miles in
30 minutes.
Dietary Guideline ABC’s
B-Build a Healthy Base
◦ Let MyPyramid guide your food choices
 Different foods contain different nutrients
◦ Choose a variety of grains daily, especially
whole grains
 Form the foundation of a nutritious diet
◦ Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables daily
 Provide essential vitamins and minerals
◦ Keep foods safe to eat
Dietary Guideline ABC’s
C-Choose Sensibly
◦ Choose a diet that is low in saturated fat and
cholesterol and moderate in total fat
◦ Choose beverages and food to moderate
your intake of sugars
◦ Choose and prepare foods with less salt
 Can help reduce risk of developing high blood
◦ If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in