MyPlate Replaces Food Pyramid

posted Jun 3, 2011, 8:50 AM by H. Connor   [ updated Jun 3, 2011, 5:16 PM by Jeanna Tachiki ]
Will the new federal government’s new food icon be more effective in helping consumers make healthier food choices?  Check it out for yourself by clicking here. You will also find printable sample menus , healthy recipes and a history of how the USDA food guides have changed over the past several decades. 

Looking for something to hang on your fridge?  Check out these fun printable handouts with tips on various nutrition topics like how to eat more fruits and vegetables, how to make half your grains whole, how to eat healthy as a vegetarian, how to be a healthy role model for children, how to cut back on sweets, and how to cut back on salt and sodium.  

It is thought that an updated easy-to-understand icon with a familiar image will make nutrition recommendations less complicated and easier for consumers to focus on changes that will improve their diet. The icon is not expected to solely change behaviors, but to act as a simple reminder to eat healthier.  MyPlate messages support the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  Go to this web page to read the selected messages to focus on for improving your diet.  There is much more to come, so be sure to keep checking the website for new education materials!