Today we make our bipartisan contribution to Inauguration Day in America by celebrating not just the peaceful transfer of power, but also tips and insights provided by the U.S. government around healthy eating. One might say that we aim to make America healthy again!
We are halfway through the time period for the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans. These are released every five years, with the next set scheduled for 2020.
Here are the top tips from the Guidelines, many of which should be integrated into a well run workplace wellness program:
- “A lifetime of healthy eating helps to prevent chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and Type 2 diabetes.”
- “Healthy eating is one of the most powerful tools we have to reduce the onset of disease. The Dietary Guidelines recommendations can help you make informed choices about eating for you and your family.”
- “The path to improving health through nutrition is to follow a healthy eating pattern that’s right for you. Eating patterns are the combination of foods and drinks you eat over time. A healthy eating pattern is adaptable to a person’s taste preferences, traditions, culture and budget.”
- “Healthy eating patterns limit added sugars. Less than 10% of your daily calories should come from added sugars.”
- “Healthy eating patterns limit saturated and trans fats. Less than 10% of your daily calories should come from saturated fats.”
- “Healthy eating patterns limit sodium. Adults and children ages 14 years and over should limit sodium to less than 2,300 mg per day.”
- “Most Americans can benefit from making small shifts in their daily eating habits to improve their health over the long run. Small shifts in food choices—over the course of a week, a day, or even a meal—can make a difference in working toward a healthy eating pattern that works for you.”
- “Regular physical activity is one of the most important things individuals can do to improve their health. According to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each week and should perform muscle-strengthening exercises on two or more days each week.”
- “Workplaces can encourage walking or activity breaks; offer healthy food options in the cafeteria, vending machines, and at staff meetings or functions; and provide health and wellness programs and nutrition counseling.”