Are You Choosing the Right Foods?

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) introduced Choose My Plate to replace the food pyramid and promote the newly-revised recommended portions of the food groups. The plate-shaped icon displays the portion sizes of the food groups, with vegetables and fruits accounting for half of one’s diet, while grains and proteins comprise the other half. A user can click on each section of the plate to learn more about the products that are part of each food group. With details pertaining to both portion size and types of food, the USDA is promoting health eating habits and wellness, a necessary step in reducing long-term health care expenditures.  According to the World Health Organization, exercising more, eating better and avoiding tobacco are three simple steps that could prevent eighty percent of heart disease and type-2 diabetes and forty percent of cancers, significant contributors to health spending.

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