March 2015 - National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
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March 2015

Eat Wisely—A Focus on Nutrition:  Eat wisely to maximize your health. Eat a variety of foods including vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. It is important to include fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products in your diet, and limit total salt, fat, sugar, and alcohol.


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The Veterans Health Library (VHL) offers Veterans, their families and caregivers 24/7 Internet access to comprehensive, Veteran-focused health information that’s consistent with VA clinical practice. Its information, resources, and tools are engaging, “Veteran-friendly” and written in “plain language.” No matter where Veterans receive care, VHL helps them understand and manage health problems, make informed health decisions, and actively partner with their health care teams. Eat Wisely items within the VHL include:


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US Department of Agriculture (UDSA) and US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)

Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans
    The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 are the are the 7th edition released since 1980 and remain the current edition until the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015, are released. These guidelines are the cornerstone of Federal nutrition policy and nutrition education activities and are jointly issued and updated every 5 years by the Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS). They provide authoritative advice for Americans ages 2 and older about consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and being physically active to attain and maintain a healthy weight, reduce risk of chronic disease, and promote overall health. For more information please visit the USDA website:
  • My Plate
    In June 2011, MyPlate replaced MyPyramid. MyPlate is part of a larger communication initiative based on 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to help consumers make better food choices. MyPlate is designed to remind Americans to eat healthfully; it is not intended to change consumer behavior alone. For more information, visit

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health

  • Healthy Eating Plan
    A healthy eating plan gives your body the nutrients it needs every day while staying within your daily calorie goal. A healthy eating plan will also lower your risk for heart disease and other negative health conditions.


Department of Women's Health

  • Tools to Help You
    Healthy eating and physical activity go hand in hand. Together, they help you maintain a healthy weight and lower your risk of some diseases and conditions.

MedlinePlus: U.S. National Library of Medicine  (NML)

  • Nutrition
    Healthy eating and physical activity go hand in hand. Together, they help you maintain a healthy weight and lower your risk of some diseases and conditions. 

Non-Federal Government Resources

Links to non-Federal organizations are provided solely as a service to our users. Links do not constitute an endorsement of any organization by NCP or the Federal Government, and none should be inferred. 

Educational handouts offered by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics