Among the recommendations included in the government's Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005, which were released Wednesday:
Weight management: To prevent gradual weight gain over time, make small decreases in food and beverage calories and increase physical activity.
Physical activity: Engage in regular physical activity and reduce sedentary activities to promote psychological well-being and a healthy body weight.
Adequate nutrients within calorie needs: Consume a variety of nutrient-dense foods and beverages within and among the basic food groups while choosing foods that limit the intake of saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, added sugars, salt and alcohol.
Food groups to encourage: Eat two cups of fruit and 21/2 cups of vegetables per day in a 2,000-calorie diet, with higher or lower amounts depending on the calorie level; 3 or more ounce-equivalents of whole-grain products per day; three cups per day of fat-free or low-fat milk or equivalent milk products.
Fats: Limit intakes of fats and oils high in saturated and-or trans fatty acids, and choose products low in such fats and oils.