The fifth edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans was recently
released. The new guidelines emphasize physical activity as important for
healthy living. The complete guidelines and accompanying text can be downloaded
from the Internet at
Here are a few quotes from the new guidelines that align with WIN Wyoming
- The text for the guidelines begins with this statement, "Eating is
one of lifes great pleasures."
- There are many foods and many ways to build a healthy diet and lifestyle.
There is lots of room for choices.
- Not all adults who have a body mass index (BMI) in the range labeled
"healthy" are at the most healthy weight. A BMI above the healthy
range is less healthy for most people, but it may be fine if you have lots
of muscle and little fat.
- Our genes affect our tendency to gain weight. A tendency to gain weight is
increased when food is plentiful and when we use equipment and vehicles to
save time and energy.
- Whatever food you choose to eat, eat a sensible portion size. If eating
out, choose smaller portion sizes or share an entree with a friend. Many
items sold as single portions actually provide 2 servings or more.
- Adults need moderate physical activity for a total of at least 30 minutes
most days of the week, preferably daily. Children need at least 60 minutes
per day. A moderate physical activity is any activity that requires about as
much energy as walking 2 miles in 30 minutes.
- Some people prefer physical activities that fit into their daily routine
(gardening, walking to work, taking the stairs instead of an elevator).
Others prefer a regular exercise program (walking, swimming, weights). Some
do both. The important thing is to be physical active every day.
Source: Nutrition and Your Health: Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 5th
ed. Washington, DC: US Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services;
2000. Home and Garden Bulletin No. 232.
Compiled by Betty Holmes,
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