E. DIETARYExercise

Dietary recommendations you probably already know

Every 5 years, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the United States Department of Agriculture publish the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which basically tell us what we should be eating.

Unless you’ve been living in a box, there’s probably nothing new here.

On the other hand, it might be worth reviewing.

  • Eat fewer calories
  • Get more of your food from plants
  • Eat more fish
  • Switch to low-fat dairy
  • Eat only moderate amounts of lean meats, poultry and eggs
  • Reduce intake of added sugars and solid fats
  • Reduce sodium and refined grains
  • Exercise

The bottom line?

The list is important because, “Obesity is the single greatest threat to public health in this century,” says Penelope Slade-Sawyer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS.

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.