Help your preschooler eat well, be active, and grow up healthy. Young children need your help to develop healthy eating and physical activity habits for life. During their early years, you and your preschooler's doctor are partners in maintaining your child's health.
The preschool years are an important time for developing healthy habits for life. From the ages of 2 to 5, children grow and develop in ways that affect behavior in all areas, including eating. As preschoolers grow, they change physically, mentally, and socially. Every child develops eating habits at a different pace. Review the Behavioral Milestones to understand how your child is developing.
MyPlate Kids' Place has resources that can help children make healthier choices. ChooseMyPlate.gov offers science-based advice to help kids and their parents build healthy meals and maintain or achieve a healthy weight. MyPlate Kids' Place provides online resources and tools for children to help them make wise choices in a fun and appealing way.
Parents and teachers are invited to use the MyPlate Kids' Place resources to deliver credible information and find “teachable moments” that will influence children’s choices at home and school.
Adults of all ages have different nutrition and physical activity needs as their lives and bodies change. Learn how to take care of yourself.
When you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you have special nutritional needs. This site is designed just for you. It has advice you need to help you and your baby stay healthy.
As we age, healthy eating can make a difference in our health, help to improve how we feel, and encourage a sense of well-being. Eating healthy has benefits that can help older adults.
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USDA develops and promotes dietary guidance and nutritional recommendations aimed at improving the health and well-being of Americans.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, jointly issued by USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services, are the cornerstone of Federal nutrition policy and nutrition education activities.
Serving Up MyPlate is a new collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts and Health.
USDA provides nutritious food plans to accommodate thrifty, low-cost, moderate-cost, and liberal budgets.
The Healthy Eating Index is a summary measure of overall diet quality. It provides a picture of the types and quantities of food people eat and the degree to which diets comply with the recommendations set forth in the Dietary Guidelines and the Food Guide Pyramid.
USDA provides information on dietary supplements, including vitamins, minerals, and botanicals.
USDA analyzes and makes recommendations on how the dietary intake of energy, fiber, and fat promotes life-long maintenance of health and optimizes quality of life.
The Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children is an adaptation of the original Food Guide Pyramid designed to simplify educational messages and focus on young children's food preferences and nutritional requirements.
USDA examines all aspects of American food choices such as what we eat, where we eat it, why we eat it, what effect these choices have for America's farmers, and what might be the health consequences of those choices.
USDA conducts research to monitor and evaluate food consumption in America from various perspectives. Research analysts examine what we eat, how much we pay for our food, and how our food consumption choices relate to diet quality and nutrition.
To help meet the goal of healthier children, USDA launched Team Nutrition to help make implementation of healthy school meals in schools easier and more successful.
USDA's online National Nutrient Database is a user friendly, searchable version of the authoritative nutrient database available for download free of charge.