USDA brings new sense of urgency with revised dietary guidelines

USDA brings new sense of urgency with revised dietary guidelines

The USDA’s new dietary guidelines for the food you put on your plate encourage Americans to focus on what they eat and how they eat. At the heart of the guidelines: cut back on salt, sugar and fat, and trim portion sizes.

“These new and improved dietary recommendations ( give individuals the information to make thoughtful choices of healthier foods in the right portions and to complement those choices with physical activity,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Improving our eating habits is not only good for every individual and family, but also for our country.”

The U.S. has taken a step backward when it comes to weight management and obesity, now with 68% of the adults in the United States dealing with weight management issues. Healthy Steps is responding with a sense of urgency, as we are first-to-market by revolutionizing portion control with a complete line of sleek and simple tools designed to make preparing and serving fresh, vitamin-packed foods a breeze. We simplify the cooking and serving routine, making it easier to follow the new USDA dietary guidelines.

How can you make the new guidelines work for your family’s meals? Healthy Steps by Jokari, whose innovative approach to kitchen tools has taken the guesswork out of portion sizes, offers these tips:

  • Portion control is key
  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
  • Switch to a reduced fat milk
  • Compare sodium in foods in order to reduce your intake
  • Drink water instead of high-calorie sugary drinks


Limiting sodium intake helps prevent hypertension, edema and strokes. One tool that can help is the Healthy Steps Salt Shaker, which delivers a precise amount every time. It’s a measuring dispenser and a tabletop shaker, all in one.

Another product to help with the new guidelines is the Healthy Steps Portion Control Serving Set to control portions when serving meals right at the dinner table. Portion sizes are tucked away on the heads of the tools, which include a slotted spoon, solid spoon and spatula.

Also from Healthy Steps, the Portion Control Pasta Basket cooks a precise amount of pasta, as you measure and cook with the same tool. The Portion Control Vegetable Server is a slotted spoon measuring a half-serving of cooked vegetables.

The main idea of Healthy Steps is to make portion control practical and easily attainable for busy families. Everyone needs to become more aware of the portion sizes that may have become a habit at home.

Doug Taeckens

Doug Taeckens is the President and CEO of Healthy Steps by Jokari. Doug is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in marketing & finance, and an MBA with a focus on marketing.

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