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2010 dietary guidelines stress fight against obesity

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) -- The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans was released for public comment Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services.  The major focus of the report is obesity.

Officials at the USDA say every section of the new guidelines address obesity, especially among children.  They attempt to shift eating habits towards a plant-based diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and lean meat.

The guidelines recommend lowering sodium intake, as well as sugar-sweetened beverages.  They also suggest ramping up activity levels to two-and-a-half hours of moderate activity a week for adults, and an hour a day for kids

The 2010 Advisory Committee held six public meetings during the past two years to take input on the new guidelines.  First published in 1980, the Dietary Guidelines are mandated by Congress to be reviewed, updated and released by USDA and HHS every five years.

"We appreciate the hard work and guidance of the Committee and the expertise of its members. Their commitment to this endeavor assures the public that their report reflects the most current, comprehensive, evidence-based nutritional science available. The Advisory Report will provide USDA and HHS with a strong foundation for preparing the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which will be released at the end of this year. We look forward to receiving comments from the public that will help USDA and HHS translate these recommendations into meaningful policies and messages for the American people," said Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a joint statement.

The USDA and HHS will consider the guidelines after the public comment period ends.  Secretary Vilsack and Secretary Sebelius will release the 2010 Dietary Guidelines policy document jointly at the end of 2010.

The full report along with public comments can be viewed at www.dietaryguidelines.gov.

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