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Diet and Cardiovascular Disease

Following a healthy diet plan

The food guide, called Choose My Plate, offers recommendations to help you eat a healthy diet. My Plate can help you eat a variety of foods while encouraging the right amount of calories and fat. The United States Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have a website at ChooseMyPlate.gov to help you select healthy foods.

My Plate is divided into 5 food group categories, emphasizing nutritional intake of the following:

Oils are not a food group, yet some, such as nut oils, contain essential nutrients and can be included in your diet. Others, such as animal fats, are solid and you should avoid them.

You should also include exercise and every day physical activity with your healthy dietary plan.

In addition to ChooseMyPlate.gov, you may visit Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010  to determine the appropriate dietary recommendations for your age, sex, and physical activity level. Please note that the My Plate plan is designed for people older than age 2, who do not have chronic health conditions.

Always consult your health care provider regarding your healthy diet and exercise requirements.