Location: Food Surveys Research Group
Project Number: 8040-53000-018-03-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Aug 1, 2011
End Date: Aug 1, 2016
MyPyramid Equivalents Database is updated with each release of national dietary data to provide the analytical basis to evaluate diets based on the food group recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. With the recent replacement of the MyPyramid, the MPED is now named USDA Food Patterns Equivalents Database (USDA, FPED). While the USDA/ARS Food Surveys Research Group has initiated a new process to allow updates to be released at the same time as the release of dietary intake data, resources are needed to support the release of database updates to correspond with prior dietary intake data releases to identify trends over time. The objectives for supporting the retooling of the USDA, FPED are: 1) to provide USDA, FPED updates for past WWEIA, NHANES cycles in a timely manner; 2) to reflect changes introduced in USDA Food Group assignments as a result of the new recommendations contained in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans; and 3) to provide timely information for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee. The Cooperator has the expertise to provide scientific consultation and will assist with provision of resources to accomplish these objectives.
ARS is currently retooling the USDA, FPED methodology. ARS will review all food codes (7,000+) in the Food and Nutrient Database for Dietary Studies (FNDDS) for the respective past surveys to determine the appropriate amounts of each of the 30+ food groups present in each FNDDS food code. ARS will meet with the Cooperator to ensure that the food group assignments are consistent with the current dietary guidelines; and the Cooperator will provide scientific consultation and resources to ARS as needed.