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Active Voice: Impressions of the New USDA "MyPlate"

from By Felicia D. Stoler, DCN, MS, RD, FACSM

Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Felicia D. Stoler, DCN, MS, RD, FACSM, is a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist and expert consultant in disease prevention, wellness and healthful living. She is the current president of ACSM’s Greater New York Regional Chapter, and she is a member of the American Dietetic Association’s House of Delegates. She maintains a private practice, is a consultant and has been on many national television and radio programs. She was the host of the popular television series “Honey, We’re Killing the Kids,” which focused on issues of parenting, nutrition and physical activity in families. She is the author of Living Skinny in Fat Genes™: The Healthy Way to Lose Weight and Feel Great.

For more than a decade, the USDA food guide pyramid was the icon used to convey the message behind the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The last pyramid included physical activity – much to the accolades of health care professionals, like us. It was my understanding that the Obama administration was quite firm on the development of some other shape to be used to teach Americans the best way to eat for optimal health. more

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