The new food pyramid icon represents the recommended proportion of foods from each food group a person should eat each day. Physical activity is a new element in the symbol.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture releases a new food pyramid, with more specific advice on portion sizes and calories. Part of the new food guidance system also will help people get individually tailored nutrition and exercise advice.
The new MyPyramid.gov Web site lets individuals key in their age, gender and physical activity level so that they can get a more personalized recommendation on their daily calorie level, based on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Note: As of April 19, this site is experiencing heavy traffic and may be slow to load.
The federal government issued its latest dietary guidelines in February. More information on the guidelines can be found by following the link below: