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My Plate
August 25, 2011

My Plate!

by Larry D. Jones, MPH, Health Director

August 22, 2011

There’s a new food icon, MyPlate! MyPlate will serve as a reminder to help people make healthier food choices. MyPlate is a new generation icon with the intent to prompt people to think about building a healthy plate at meal times and to seek more information to help them do that by going to www.ChooseMyPlate.gov. The new MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein and dairy food groups.

MyPlate will replace the MyPyramid image as the government’s primary food group symbol as an easy-to-understand visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

With so many food options available, it is often difficult to determine the best foods to put on our plates when building a healthy meal. MyPlate is an uncomplicated symbol to help remind people to think about their food choices in order to lead healthier lifestyles. This effort is about more than just giving information; it is a matter of making people understand there are options and practical ways to apply them to their daily lives.

ChooseMyPlate.gov provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information. As we are experiencing high rates of overweight and obesity, the online resources and tools can empower people to make healthier food choices for themselves, their families, and their children.

Take action by:

· Balance Calories

· 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 (salt) in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals, and choose foods with lower numbers.

· Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

*information provided by United States Department of Agriculture

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