Seniors to Celebrate Healthy Lifestyles 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than half of American adults don’t get the recommended amount of physical activity. 

Realizing that inactivity poses potential health risks for older Americans in particular, this year’s national You Can! Celebration will encourage physical activity and other behaviors to promote senior health and wellness. 

During the weeklong celebration, seniors across the country will host local events to spread the word about the importance of healthy lifestyles. 

The event, which is coordinated by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, comes after the issuance of new dietary guidelines this past spring. 

Since 1992, the Food Guide Pyramid has been a staple in American culture and an important part of lesson plans in schools across the country. 

Unveiled in April 2005, MyPyramid, which replaces the Food Guide Pyramid, is part of food guidance system that aims to emphasize the need for a more individualized approach to improving diet and lifestyle, according medical and nutritional experts who helped update the food pyramid. 

“MyPyramid is about the ability of Americans to personalize their approach when choosing a healthier lifestyle that balances nutrition and exercise,” said Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns in talking about the new program. 

The new food pyramid incorporates recommendations from the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which was released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services back in January. The 2005 dietary guidelines provide nutritional advice for people two years of age and older about how proper dietary habits can promote health and reduce the risk of major chronic diseases, according to the USDA. 

MyPyramid uses the website, which allows individuals to key in their age, gender and physical activity level so that they can get a personalized recommendation on their daily calorie level. 

Not featured on the old food pyramid, physical activity is a new key element in the 2005 guidelines. 

As for the You Can! Celebration, events are scheduled to take place throughout the country in September. To find out how your community can participate, visit the official website at

The new food pyramid was designed to place more emphasis on physical activities. Below is a contrast of the old symbol versus the new one.



Click below for detailed information on the new food pyramid