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Health professionals recognize the benefits associated with a healthy eating plan based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Proper nutrition promotes the optimal growth and development of children. A healthy diet also helps reduce the risks for many health conditions.1

1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 8th Edition. December 2015.
Nutrition is tracked at the national and state levels primarily through two surveys:

National information is also tracked through the National Health And Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), CDC/NCHS.

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Content updated: Wed, 23 May 2018 05:01:10 EDT