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Government Offers Guidelines for Healthy Diet

First lady Michelle Obama has received the most attention in the battle against obesity—especially among youths—but President Obama's cabinet also is staking its claim in the fight.

Earlier this week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius released the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The seventh edition of the guidelines places stronger emphasis on reducing calories and increasing physical activity.

There's no real surprise here. Some of the tips offered in the guidelines include avoiding oversized portions, eating more fruits and vegetables, switching to fat-free or low-fat milk and drinking water instead of sugary drinks.

The tips may not be new, but there's always room for a refresher course when it comes to learning how to eat right. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines is available at More information can be found at and

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