One Size Doesn't Fit All
April 22, 2005
April 22, 2005 - One size doesn't fit all. That is the message put out this week by Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns when he unveiled the newly revised food guidance system called "MyPyramid."
MyPyramid, which replaced the Food Guide Pyramid introduced in 1992, is part of an overall food guidance system that emphasizes the need for a more individualized approach to improving diet and lifestyle. The program is meant to encourage consumers to make healthier food choices and to be active every day.
The new food guidance system utilizes interactive technology found on www.MyPyramid.gov. MyPyramid contains interactive activities that make it easy for individuals to key in their age, gender and physical activity level so that they can get a more personalized recommendation on their daily calorie level based on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It also allows individuals to find general food guidance and suggestions for making smart choices from each food group.