Are you up to date on the latest government recommendations for nutrition and fitness?
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, published every five years, gives science-based information on dietary habits and physical activity to promote good health and reduce the risk of chronic disease. A report was recently released by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) on whether or not revisions should be made to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines. Based on the research that has evolved over the past five years, the committee suggested updating the recommendations.
The 2010 DGAC report included these guidelines to promote nutrition for good health:
The DGAC recognizes the barriers our society faces to achieving good nutrition and health. Thus, they made these suggestions for changes to our food environment that must occur in order to help Americans meet the guidelines for achieving good health:
What About Our Kids?
The DGAC recommends that strategies must include an emphasis on children because preventing obesity begins in childhood. They believe that focusing on prevention in children is the most effective public health approach in the fight against obesity over the long term.
What Does This Mean For Us?
Start out by making small changes to your lifestyle. If you are a lover of white bread, switch it up to wheat bread. If you’re lacking on the vegetable front, make a goal to have vegetables at dinner 4 times a week. Make small goals for yourself that are realistic and achievable; you don’t want to set yourself up for failure. Get your kids interested in healthy eating.
The DGAC recognizes that some of the responsibility for achieving good health lies on public policies and some aspects of the food environment can be out of our control. However, as we increase our demand for healthy food choices, locally sourced products, and opportunities for physical activity, our grocery stores, restaurants, and government will respond to give us what we desire. We should feel empowered to make changes based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines to better the health of our families and the country as a whole.