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Resource | Nutrition Education

Estimated Calorie Needs per Day by Age, Gender, and Physical Activity Level.

Estimated amounts of calories needed to maintain calorie balance for various gender and age groups at three different levels of physical activity. The estimates are rounded to the nearest 200 calories for assignment to a USDA Food Pattern.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance

USDA Food Patterns

The USDA Food Patterns were developed to help individuals carry out Dietary Guidelines recommendations.