Alarmed by the high rate of obesity among Hispanics, USDA released its first Spanish translation of the food pyramid, the government's handy guide to good nutrition.

MiPirámide: Pasos Hacia Una Mejor Salud is the counterpart to the USDA's "MyPyramid: Steps to a Healthier You." Among other things, "grains" have become "granos," and "meat and beans" are "carnes y frijoles" on the diagram of the major food groups.

All the new graphics and the USDA's site, www.mypyramid.gov, are available in Spanish, and handouts and other materials also are translated.

The nation's Hispanic population is booming, and almost three of every four adult Hispanics in the U.S. are overweight, according to a 2002 report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Two of three U.S. adults overall are overweight.

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