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Dietary guidelines report up for comments

Posted - Aug. 27, 2004 at 3:20 p.m.



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WASHINGTON, Aug 27, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- U.S. dietary guideline recommendations were released for public comment Friday and will be used by the government in refining its nutrition policy.

The Dietary Guidelines were first issued in 1980 and are updated every five years. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommendations will become the basis for the fall update by the departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture.

Public comments will be accepted until Sept. 27 and a public meeting is scheduled for Sept. 21 in Washington.

The advisory committee recommendations include eating a variety of foods among the basic food groups, limiting calorie intake, more daily exercise, eating more fruits and vegetables, careful choosing of fats and carbohydrates, limiting salt and alcoholic beverages and ensuring food safety.

The recommendations include at least 30 minutes per day of exercise to maintain weight and from 60 minutes to 90 minutes per day of vigorous exercise for people who want to lose weight.

The guideline recommendations and instructions on how to comment on them can be found at health.gov/dietaryguidelines.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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