Last January, new federal dietary guidelines were enacted. Last week, a new symbol of healthy eating was revealed...goodbye pyramid, hello plate!
The new symbol was designed to underscore a central mantra of our government’s healthy eating push: make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
The Obama administration is unveiling a new graphic design to show American consumers what quantities of grains, fruits and vegetables, protein and dairy they should eat to maintain a healthy diet. The pyramid is to be replace by a plate, with four different-colored sections indicating how much of each food group the United States Department of Agriculture recommends.
Based on scientific findings, the new dietary guidelines focus on nutrient-dense foods & beverages, which naturally and inevitably lead to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
Tom Vilsack (Sec of Ag) and Kathleen Sebelius (Sec of Health & Human Services) explained last January that this 7th edition of the Dietary Guidelines are revised: "at a time of rising concern about the health of the American population. Americans are experiencing an epidemic of overweight and obesity. Poor diet and physical inactivity also are linked to major causes of illness and death. To correct these problems, many Americans must make significant changes in their eating habits and lifestyles. "
Hopefully the new $2million design will make it clear to Americans that eating a diet of mainly fruits and veggies is the only way to living longer, healthier, more active lives