The Appendices of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

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Today I want to take a closer look at a few of the 14 appendices that accompany the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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There’s a lot more to the 2015 to 2020 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans than the policy document itself. It also comes with a collection of 14 different appendices, all of which can be useful to health and nutrition educators. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

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The first appendix is the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. These are from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, also known as HHS. You can see the recommendations for adults between the ages of 18 and 64 on this slide, and there are guidelines available for children between the ages of 6 and 17, and then different guidelines for seniors age 65 and up.

This appendix also features definitions for the different intensity levels of physical activity and an exploration of the health benefits associated with physical activity. Finally, there’s a comprehensive table of “Federal resources, including handouts, online assessments, trackers, and interactive websites. These can be used to help motivate consumer audiences to make healthy physical activity choices.”

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Appendix 2 is titled “Estimated Calorie Needs per Day, by Age, Sex, and Physical Activity Level.”

The guidelines assert, “The total number of calories a person needs each day varies depending on a number of factors, including the person’s age, sex, height, weight, and level of physical activity. In addition, a need to lose, maintain, or gain weight and other factors affect how many calories should be consumed.”

That’s why this appendix features a chart of calorie needs for men and women, starting at age 2 and working through age 76 and up. You can see the beginning of the chart on this slide, but to see the full thing, along with scientific definitions of sedentary, moderately active, and active, you’ll need to check out appendix 2 for yourself.

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