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November 30, 2011

National Archives Explores Food Pyramid, Plate, and More December 8

Program explores government dietary guidelines - past, present, and future

Washington, DC…On Thursday, December 8, at 7 p.m., the National Archives will host a program on the Food Pyramid and government dietary guidelines. This event, part of the National Archives “America Eats” series, is free and open to the public and will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events Entrance, located on the National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW.

How many food groups should there be? What shape do you prefer? A pyramid? A circle? How did the government become involved in setting dietary guidelines for its citizens? Michele Noris of National Public Radio moderates a discussion of the history and future of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) dietary recommendations. Panelists include Chef José Andrés, Chief Culinary Advisor for the “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” exhibit at the National Archives, Margo Wootan, Director of Nutrition Policy, Center for Science in the Public Interest, and Robert C. Post, Deputy Director of USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

The National Archives is fully accessible. To verify the date and times of the programs, call 202-357-5333, or view the Calendar of Events online.

About “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?”

“What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” explores the Government’s effect on the American diet. Unearth the stories and personalities behind the increasingly complex programs and legislation that affect what Americans eat. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, runs through January 3, 2012, in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building. Museum hours are 10 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. through March 14, 2012, daily. See more information on “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?”. What's Cooking, Uncle Sam? is made possible in part by the Foundation for the National Archives with support from Mars, Incorporated and Mars Food.

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at (202) 357-5300.

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