An unhealthy diet serves as a leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and related chronic diseases. In Georgia, the prevalence of such chronic conditions are at an all-time high with nutritious food consumption at a low. Recent surveys found 1 in 5 high school students, and 1 in 4 adults, consume the minimum recommendation of 5 or more servings of fruit and vegetables per day. Through making the healthier choices in diet and encouraging others we can prevent and control chronic diseases in Georgia.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Focused on encouraging health and reducing risk of disease through good nutrition and physical activity, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) worked together to develop evidenced based nutritional guidelines known as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans in 2010.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, emphasize 3 major goals for Americans which include:
- Balance calories with physical activity to manage weight
- Consume more of certain foods and nutrients such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, and seafood
- Consume fewer foods with sodium (salt), saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, added sugars, and refined grains
In addition, they provide resources and 23 key recommendations for the general population, with 6 additional recommendations for specific populations including pregnant females that are intended to help individuals choose an overall healthy diet.
Want to find out more on how to make the healthy choice? Check out the The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 guide.