Archive for June, 2012

Guest Blog: Connie Evers – Happy Birthday to MyPlate!

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

By Connie Evers MS, RD, LD – Nutrition for Kids

Connie’s Healthy Eating Blog – Happy Birthday to MyPlate!

Choosemyplate.gov offers Americans a blueprint for healthy eating

One year ago, Americans were introduced to MyPlate, a food guide which includes the five food groups depicted in the optimal proportions. The MyPlate graphic makes it perfectly clear that half of our plate should be fruits and vegetables, with protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy rounding out the picture.

Many wondered whether the symbol was too simplistic and questioned how a picture of a place setting could promote positive changes in our lopsided (and mostly unhealthy) eating habits. After one year of working my MyPlate, I’m optimistic that this tool can indeed guide Americans toward healthier habits. While the MyPlate graphic is simple in design, the accompanying website has all the tools needed to learn, plan, choose and analyze your family’s eating and exercise habits. If you haven’t checked out the MyPlate website, it’s time to point your browser to www.choosemyplate.gov.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to get you started in the process of guiding your family’s plates towards the MyPlate model:

Determine your Daily Food Plan
The first step is to create a personal food plan based on your estimated caloric need. Go to the Choose MyPlate “Daily Food Plan” and enter your information. (more…)