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Sample Meal Patterns for the USDA Food Pattern at the 2000 calorie level.

This table  provides examples of a few ways to combine meals and snacks to meet daily food group intake targets.

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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.

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Secretary Salazar, Secretary Vilsack, Surgeon General Benjamin, Chef Sam Kass, Chef Pepín and Chef Valladolid to Unveil MiPlato, Simple Tips for Hispanic Community to Stay Healthy, Active and Fit as Part of Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

On Friday September 30th, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, and White House Chef Sam Kass will be joined by celebrity Hispanic chefs, Chef Pepín and Chef Marcela Valladolid to unveil simple tips to stay healthy active and fit.

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USDA Food Patterns

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

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First Lady, Agriculture Secretary Launch MyPlate Icon as a New Reminder to Help Consumers to Make Healthier Food Choices

First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled the federal government’s new food icon, MyPlate, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices. MyPlate is a new generation icon with the intent to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times and to seek more information to help them do that by going to

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USDA to Launch New Food Icon as a Reminder to Help Consumers Make Healthier Food Choices

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will unveil a new food icon that will serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices.

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Supplemental Information Related to the Report -- Resource 2: Implications of Food Allergens and a Safe Food Supply

Article by Roger Clemens, DrPH, Chair, Food Safety & Technology Subcommittee of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.