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Background Information on MyPyramid The Basic Four was developed during WWII by the USDA as a food guide to help Americans make healthy food choices during the war shortages. The Basic Four divided food into groups according to their common characteristics: Bread and Cereals - 4 servings a day Fruits and Vegetables - 4 servings a day Milk and Milk Products - 4 servings a day Meats, Poultry, Fish, Eggs, Nuts, and Beans - 2 servings a day In 1992, the Food Guide Pyramid was introduced to provide a better visual of what proportions we should eat, from the wide base of grains (6-11 recommended servings per day) to a narrow tip, specifying that fats and sweets should be eaten “sparingly” (What Should I Eat? A Complete Guide to the New Food Pyramid , d’Elgin, 2005). In 2005, the USDA turned the Food Guide Pyramid on its side (literally) to create MyPyramid: Steps to a Healthier You (MyPyramid). Go to www.mypyramid.gov for educational downloads and links. MyPyramid was developed to help consumers better understand the relationship between food intake and daily physical activity and overall health. It is to encourage change and improvement in the lifestyles of Americans. It incorporates the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the guidelines for healthy Americans found on www.healthierus.gov into individualized food recommendations and emphasizes the importance of physical activity. These guidelines are:
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