The American Dietetic Association has designated March National Nutrition Month. It’s a great campaign that encourages the development of healthy eating and activity habits. Thanks to Koko FitClub, you have the second piece down. What about the first?
On January 31, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released by the Department of Health and Human Services. National Nutrition Month is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with these new guidelines- and I’m here to help. Ninety pages make up the latest version of a document that is revised every five years. It is great information, but you may not have the time or inclination to sit down with this scintillating peice of writing from the US Government. If that’s the case, I found this great, high-level summary of key changes from 2005 through the Mayo Clinic- and it is only two pages: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/dietary-guidelines/MY01594
Even if you don’t read the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans word for word, I suggest you take a look at the appendices starting on page 61. They represent one of 2010′s biggest changes: action steps. According to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, “The new Dietary Guidelines provide concrete action steps to help people live healthier, more physically active and longer lives.”
To wrap things up, I want to share a table from page 46 of the Guidelines. It’s a stunning representation of the state of our collective nutrition. I know we can do better my friends!
In good health,