The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released the “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020,” described by publishers as “an essential resource for health professionals and policymakers as they design and implement food and nutrition programs that feed the American people.”
Recommendations from “The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines” are ultimately intended to help individuals improve and maintain overall health and reduce the risk of chronic disease, with a specific emphasis on prevention, not treatment. They are designed for professionals to help all individuals ages 2 years and older and their families consume a healthy, nutritionally adequate diet.
The five key points in “The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines” are:
- Follow a healthy eating pattern across the lifespan
- Focus on variety, nutrient density, and amount
- Limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats and reduce sodium intake
- Shift to healthier food and beverage choices
- Support healthy eating patterns for all
The guidelines and recommendations included in this report are guided by a large body of evidence that shows how healthy eating patterns and regular physical activity can help people achieve and maintain good health and reduce the risk of chronic disease throughout all stages of the lifespan.
For more information and to see the full report, please click here.