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Personalized Daily Food Plan from US Gov.

25 Mar

This popped up on my RSS feed and I wanted to share.  It is a good tool to use for planning meals/diets or in accompanimnet with an exercise plan (which you can also find on this site).  It’s also an activity I used in my nutrition lessons with my middle schoolers. MyPyramid.gov Check it out.

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Posted by on March 25, 2011 in Food

 

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4 responses to “Personalized Daily Food Plan from US Gov.

  1. shelbysgarden

    March 25, 2011 at 11:13 am

    fantastic!

     
  2. Recipe Chefs

    March 25, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I love food, and I really enjoy reading your blog very much thank you for sharing this post. Feel free to check out our recipes

    Baked Cod Recipe

     
  3. thewritemyers

    March 26, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Brandon L. (a physically fit and muscular friend of mine)writes: “Hey Olivia. Just a comment but the food pyramid is backwards and when I went to this site it said at 5’7 165 I’m overweight. Good intentions but not correct info from our government. Hope all is well. Dr B”

    So, I wrote to the USDA and asked them for clarification to this problem. here is there response:

    “Hello Olivia,

    The weight status ranges that are used on the site are government-wide standards for healthy or overweight status. These standards are based on the Body Mass Index (BMI), which is calculated using height and weight. The healthy weight range is a BMI from 18.5 to 25. A BMI of 25 to 30 is classified as “overweight.” A BMI over 30 in classified as “obese.” For more information about BMIs, how they are calculated, health risks, and the importance of waist circumference in evaluating your BMI, please see this website: http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/tools.htm

    In our materials for those with a BMI of 25 to 30, we note that “some people who are overweight should consider weight loss.” The standards we use for assigning weight categories are based on the Body Mass Index (BMI), which is calculated using height and weight. A BMI of 25 to 30 is classified as “overweight.” However, the BMI does not include a measure of muscle mass, which can influence whether a person is at risk for health problems due to their BMI category.

    Therefore, in our materials, we note that “some people who are overweight should consider weight loss.” The full text of this caution statement, including a link for more information, is below. This link is to the following website, which has much more information about BMIs and health risks. It also has information about the importance of waist circumference in evaluating your BMI: http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/tools.htm

    Also please note that the Daily Food Plan allows you to choose a food plan “for your current weight,” because we recognize that only some of the individuals who fall into the BMI 25 to 30 range should lose weight. You can find your meal pattern from the Daily Food Plan on our website http://www.mypyramid.gov on the Interactive Tools page.

    Thank You,
    CNPPsupport
    USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
    3101 Park Center Drive Suite 1034
    Alexandria, VA 22301

     
  4. thewritemyers

    February 27, 2012 at 11:14 am

    In the last year, a new food guide has come out. As America changes, so do it habits and suggestions. Take a look at this link for further information.

    http://fnic.nal.usda.gov/nal_display/index.php?info_center=4&tax_level=1

     

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