Retailers, wholesalers and product suppliers have the unique opportunity to showcase and educate shoppers on responsible ways to leverage food for improved overall health and well-being. The following resources support initiatives to connect food to health.
The Dietary Guidelines provides advice on what to eat and drink to meet nutrient needs, promote health, and help prevent chronic disease. This edition of the Dietary Guidelines is the first to provide guidance for healthy dietary patterns by life stage, from birth through older adulthood, including women who are pregnant or lactating. People who work in Federal agencies, public health, healthcare, education, and business all rely on the Dietary Guidelines when providing information on diet and health to the general public.
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The Dietary Guidelines approach of providing a customizable framework – not prescriptive details –ensures that its recommendations for healthy eating can “meet people where they are,” from personal preferences to cultural foodways, and include budgetary considerations. This resource, Customizing the Dietary Guidelines, shows sample tips for including the range of nutrient-rich options in each food group.
The benefits of healthy eating add up over time, bite by bite. Small changes matter. Learn more about the MyPlate Food Groups and personalized resources to include the Start Simple with MyPlate app at https://www.myplate.gov/.
SmartLabel® provides easy and instantaneous access to detailed information about thousands of food, beverage, personal care, household and pet care products. Consumers can find product information in many ways – smartphone, computer, telephone.
Facts Up Front was developed for the industry as a voluntary initiative as a simple and easy-to-use labeling system that displays key nutrition information to consumers on the front of food and beverage packages.
The FoodKeeper contains food safety and storage advice to help your shoppers maintain freshness and quality of foods. Shoppers can utilize the FoodKeeper mobile app and shoppers can search the FoodKeeper database online.
FMI created nutritional information on the major cuts of single-ingredient, raw meat and poultry. These Nutri-Facts posters and brochures are available through the our Store in the following formats:
Spotlight: The Food Industry is Working to Improve Nutrition Security
Food retailers, product suppliers and manufacturers are working to improve nutrition security with creative solutions and partnerships, making it easier for consumers to access and afford nutritious foods and beverages.
VIDEO: Power of Plant-based Foods and Beverages
Which Plant-based Foods and Beverages Do Grocery Shoppers Eat Regularly?
This report offers a comprehensive review of the plant-based topic broadly, addressing naturally plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains and alternatives to traditional animal-derived items.
Spotlight: Grocery Stores Provide Access to Disease Management and Treatment
Consumers and employees can meet in the aisle with RDNs and receive nutrition education and practical tips while also providing Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) to manage and treat disease, translating the science of food into healthy habits.
The 2021 Retailer Contributions to Health & Well-being report demonstrates how grocery stores are contributing to the health of their customers, including offering nutrition guidance, pharmacy solutions and overall health and well-being resources.