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Title:Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010
Pub. date: January 2011
Includes: Booklet, Online Document
Audience: Nutrition Educators
Language: English
Description:The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans focus on calories and physical activity balance, and encourage Americans to consume more healthy foods. It provides science-based advice to promote health and to reduce risk for major chronic diseases through diet and physical activity. Also, it summarizes and synthesizes knowledge regarding individual nutrients and food components into recommendations for eating patterns adoptable by the public.
Funding Source: USDA and DHHS
Developer: Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
Organization: Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services
Length: 112 pages
Use Restrictions: May copy for educational purposes.
Reviewers Comments: The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans places stronger emphasis on reducing calorie consumption and increasing physical activity. Unlike previous versions, the 2010 Guidelines is intended for all Americans ages 2 years and older, including those at increased risk of chronic disease. The two overarching concepts of the guidelines are:
  • Maintain calorie balance over time to achieve and sustain a healthy weight.
  • Focus on consuming nutrient-dense foods and beverages.

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans includes 23 Key Recommendations for the general population and six additional Key Recommendations for specific population groups, such as women who are pregnant. The recommendations are intended as an integrated set of advice to achieve an overall healthy eating pattern.

Several new recommendations are included in these guidelines, including reducing calories from solid fats and added sugars, limiting consumption of refined grains and replacing with whole grains, consuming seafood in place of some meat/poultry, a new Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for calcium for children and a specific guidance in regards to alcohol for breast-feeding women. Several new appendices are also incorporated into the guidelines, including a chart of potential strategies that professionals can use to implement the 2010 Dietary Guidelines.

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Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: United States Government Printing Office
    Mail: 732 N. Capitol Street, NW
Washington, DC 15250-7954
    Phone: (866) 512-1800 DC Area: (202) 512-1800
    Fax: (202) 512-2104
    Ordering: Web site: . Contact the GPO Order Desk, 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday (except Federal holidays).
    Order URL:Web Address
    Cost: 19.00 per booklet
    Avail. in Qty: Yes
    Bulkrate:Contact U.S. Government Printing Office

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