Monday, June 6, 2011

MyPlate is the "new" food Pyramid

MyPlate is the “new generation” food icon to prompt consumers to think differently
about their food choices. contains a wealth of resources based
on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to help individuals meet nutrient and
calorie needs and make positive eating choices. We think this website has several amazing links along with helping you understand and teach your children the new Dietary Guidelines. Here are some highlights and click here for the full information.

Balancing Calories
● Enjoy your food, but eat less.
● Avoid oversized portions.

Foods to Increase
● Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
● Make at least half your grains whole grains.
● Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.

Foods to Reduce
● Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals ― and choose the foods with lower numbers.
● Drink water instead of sugary drinks
Your food and physical activity choices each day affect your health — how you feel today, tomorrow, and in the future.

These tips and ideas are a starting point. You will find a wealth of suggestions here that can help you get started toward a healthy diet. Choose a change that you can make today, and move toward a healthier you.

Tips to help you:
• Make at least half your grains whole grains
• Vary your veggies
• Focus on fruit
• Get your calcium rich foods
• Go lean with protein
• Find your balance between food and physical activity
• Keep food safe to eat
**All info from

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