University of Maryland Extension


Family and Consumer Science Extension Educators provide research-based information and Fuit in a bowlhealthy eating educational programs that are based on the 2010 U. S. Dietary Guidelines. Eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods every day, while meeting calorie needs, will provide the balanced nutrition you need to stay healthy and prevent, or control many chronic diseases.

Our nutrition education programs promote these 2010 Dietary Guideline messages for consumers:

Balancing Calories

  •     Enjoy your food, but eat less.
  •     Avoid oversized portions.

Foods to Increase

  •     Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  •     Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.

Foods to Reduce:

  •     Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread and frozen meals – and choose the foods with lower numbers.
  •     Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
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