Guidelines for Americans

Posted on February 9, 2011


Did you know that nearly 24 million Americans ages 20 years and older have diabetes? Or that 74.5 million Americans—34 percent of U.S. adults—have hypertension (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)?

Fortunately, there are ways in which to change these statistics. These facts, and many more, were recently released in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In order to stay healthy, the report focuses on two overarching concepts: Maintain calorie balance over time to achieve and sustain a healthy weight, and focus on consuming nutrient-dense foods and beverages.

There are a number of easy lifestyle changes you can make in order to address these two goals. Some recommendations include:

  • Increase physical activity and reduce time spent in sedentary behaviors.
  • Be active with family and friends, having a support network can help you stay active.
  • Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark-green and red and orange vegetables and beans and peas.
  • When eating out, choose smaller portions or lower-calorie options.
  • Have healthy snacks available at home and bring nutrient dense snacks to eat on the go


Little changes can make a big difference in the long run! There are plenty of resources out there to help you get started on making these important lifestyle changes. If you need assistance locating resources call the Mayor’s health Line at 617-534-5050.

Also, do not forget to take a look at the whole report for more information and tips on how to stay healthy!