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The New Food Pyramid

The New Food Pyramid

In 2006, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Mike Johanns unveiled MyPyramid, a new symbol and interactive food guidance system based on the USDA's 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

MyPyramid, which replaces the Food Guide Pyramid introduced in 1992, is part of an overall food guidance system that emphasizes the need for a more individualized approach to improving diet and lifestyle. It was developed to promote the 2005 Dietary Guidelines and to make Americans aware of the vital health benefits of simple and modest improvements in nutrition, physical activity, and lifestyle behavior.

The MyPyramid symbol, which is deliberately simple, is meant to encourage consumers to make healthier food choices and to be active every day. It focuses on the importance of making smart food choices in every food group every day, and makes physical activity a new element in the symbol.

The   USDA's MyPyramid website is interactive and offers general dietary and physical guidance, including specific guidance for pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as for kids. There are tools and resources for consumers as well as a page for professionals who are using MyPyramid as en educational tool. “Steps to a Healthier Weight,” is a key component of MyPyramid. It supports President Bush's Healthier US initiative and it’s designed to help Americans live longer, better, and healthier lives through healthy eating and physical activity.

Find out more by visiting  USDA's MyPyramid website.


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