Recently the USDA introduced a new campaign and food icon, ChooseMyPlate, aimed at helping remind American’s to eat healthy. MyPlate is part of a larger communications initiative based on 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to help consumers make better food choices.
The new icon is a departure from the traditional food Pyramid that we are all so used to seeing. MyPlate illustrates the 5 food groups using a familiar mealtime visual, a place setting. This visual is aimed at featuring selected messages that help consumers focus on key behaviors.
We encourage you to take a look at each of the three areas below. What steps can you start taking to help improve your family’s plate starting today?
- Enjoy your food, but eat less.
- Avoid oversized portions.
Foods to Increase
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
- Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
- Make at least half your grains whole grains.
Foods to Reduce
- Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals—and choose foods with lower numbers.
- Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
For more information, interactive tools, and “how-to” materials on healthy eating, check out www.ChooseMyPlate.gov.
Many of the messages above fit right in line with BLEND’s Prescription for healthy Living: 5-2-1-0 each day
5: Or more fruits and vegetables
2: Or less hours of screen time
1: At least 1 hour of physical activity
0: calories from sugar sweetened beverages