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New dietary guidelines from feds expected to focus on exercise

New dietary guidelines from feds expected to focus on exercise

With America focused more than ever on its growing waistline, the federal government's best advice is to exercise at least five times a week, eat less fat and -- sorry, Atkins fans -- make carbohydrates part of a balanced diet.

The recommendations, with a new emphasis on exercise, fish and fiber, are part of a draft of dietary guidelines due out in January. Although the draft hasn't been made public, a two-day work session in Washington, D.C., that concluded Thursday offers an early peek at what will eventually determine the new shape of the famous Food Guide Pyramid, the government's attempt to translate nutrition science into practical consumer advice.

The dietary guidelines also influence federal food programs, including school lunches and food stamps.

A panel of 13 scientists led by Janet King, a senior scientist at Children's Hospital Research Center at Oakland, is preparing the guidelines. The panel was expected to pass its final draft to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services by the end of the month. But after this week's meeting, it became clear that scientific debate about what makes a healthy diet had become so complex that the group needs to meet again in August to finish, according to people who attended the sessions.

Article: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/05/28/MNGPR6TB2L1.DTL