Nutrition Labels and Physical activity guidelines are changing!

March 27, 2019
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The New Nutrition Facts Label

Eight new and exciting changes have been made to the Nutrition Facts labels you see on all of the foods you enjoy!

The new labels include the following, and more:

Bolder Print

Calories and serving size, two pieces of information that might be the most important to a person on a diet, are now printed in larger text.

Updated daily values

Manufacturers must now give both a percentage of the daily value of a vitamin or mineral a food contains along with the actual amount. This means that when you look at a nutrition label you can see how close a food gets you to the recommended daily nutrient intake for vitamin D, Calcium, Iron, Potassium and all other forms of nutrient on the label.

Added sugars separated from natural sugars

You can now see how much sugar in the foods you eat was artificially added and how much of it is natural.

Change in nutrients

Vitamin D and potassium amounts are now required to be listed on all Nutrition Facts labels. Calories from fat has been removed from the label. All daily value recommendations have been updated with new information from the Institute of Medicine and the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

New Footnotes

The footnotes of Nutrition Facts labels now feature updated information explaining what a daily value percentage is. They are also shorter on the new label.

Are you curious about how the new label is different from the old one? You can look at a side by side comparison here. You can also learn more about all of these new changes on our new “Nutrition Facts Label” webpage!

The New Physical Activity Guidelines

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has released new guidelines for physical activity alongside a new campaign called “Move Your Way!” Learn more about the new guidelines and find other physical activity tips in our Healthy Moves section.

Do you need help taking the first step toward living a more physically active life? Move Your Way has a weekly physical activity planner you can use to plan out activities, keep yourself motivated and track how close you are to achieving your goals.

For kids ages 6-17, getting at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day is best for their development. An hour may sound like a lot, but it doesn't all have to happen at once! There are plenty of fun ways to get physical activity into a young person’s day in small ways that add up. Take a look at the Move Your Way webpage for kids for ways to plan out 60 minutes of activity for your kids.