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National Dairy Council Joins USDA in 'Partnering With MyPyramid'
Date:6/10/2008

New Partnership Helps Educate Americans on Healthy Living and Eating

ROSEMONT, Ill., June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Dairy Council (NDC) is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help empower Americans to transform their eating habits and make healthier lifestyle choices as part of the "Partnering with MyPyramid: Corporate Challenge to Step Up and End Childhood Obesity."

The USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion created the MyPyramid Food Guidance System to educate consumers on how to follow recommendations from the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to choose a nutrient-rich diet and increase physical activity levels for themselves and their families. Now, the USDA has asked corporations and other food organizations, such as the NDC, to officially join in education and communication efforts promoting these messages throughout the country.

"The 'Partnering with MyPyramid' program is a natural extension of the NDC's work as a national leader in nutrition research and education since 1915," stated Ann Marie Krautheim, R.D., senior vice president of Nutrition Affairs for the NDC. "This partnership parallels our ongoing work to educate consumers on how to make healthier food and lifestyle choices and help reverse the obesity epidemic."

The NDC currently conveys the messages of MyPyramid and the Dietary Guidelines in its innovative nutrition education and communication programs to dietitians, physicians, other health professionals, educators and the public. Through this new partnership, the NDC will actively pursue new opportunities to do this in its 3-A-Day of Dairy consumer education program, various classroom initiatives and patient-ready health professional tools and resources. Most recently, the NDC has developed educational materials in support of USDA's Women, Infants & Children (WIC) special supplemental food program to educate WIC moms on how to meet their families' needs for 3 daily ser
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