Prenatal Health — Nutrition in Pregnancy

Choose My Plate food proportionsThere are many opinions about what constitutes good nutrition. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) periodically releases guidelines for nutrition. The most recent edition was released January 31, 2011, to help Americans eat healthy meals and balance their nutritional intake with proper exercise.

Most people are somewhat familiar with the old food pyramid. The redesigned Food Guide makes it simpler to choose not only the right kinds of foods but also in the right proportions. More than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese. (More than one-third of U.S. children are overweight.) The newest guidelines emphasize reducing calorie consumption and increasing physical activity.

The concept is simple. The Website www.ChooseMyPlate.gov shows the foods to consume and the proportions that should be selected to achieve a proper balance of food. At the Website, you can get a personalized plan, find healthy eating tips, research weight loss information, plan a healthy menu, analyze your diet, and get updates about nutrition.