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Medical News and Perspectives
June 1, 2005

Government Unveils New Food Pyramid

JAMA. 2005;293(21):2581-2582. doi:10.1001/jama.293.21.2581

The food pyramid has received a makeover. But even as the curious flocked to the Web site to view the latest version of the US government’s venerable device for nutrition education, critics were questioning whether it will translate into better dietary choices for consumers.

In rolling out the new pyramid on April 19, Mike Johanns, secretary of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said the icon—now called “MyPyramid”—is part of an overall food guidance system emphasizing a more individualized approach to improve health by making modest changes in diet and incorporating regular physical activity into daily living (http://www.MyPyramid.gov).

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