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HITEC II STUDY – NUTRITION

MyPlate

MyPlate is the newest version of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Guidance System (replacing the Food Guide Pyramid).

MyPlate depicts proper meal portions of the five food groups (fruit, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy), helping Americans build healthy meals.

ChooseMyPlate.gov provides detailed information on each of the five food groups depicted on the MyPlate (fruit, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy), plus oils.

MyPlate Key Messages

Balancing Calories

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less.
  • Avoid oversized portions.
  • Find a balance between food and physical activity.

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.
  • Go lean with protein.

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.

Other Resources on ChooseMyPlate.gov

  • Let’s Eat for the Health of It: 2010 Dietary Guidelines Brochure
  • Videos
  • Healthy eating on a budget
  • Information on weight management and calories:
    • BMI calculator
    • SuperTracker – online tool to track foods and drinks consumed and exercise; provides you with a personalized meal plan
    • Portion distortion
    • Reading food labels
  • Healthy Eating Tips:
    • 10 Tips Nutrition Education Series, tips on topics ranging from each of the food groups, physical activity, grocery shopping, vegetarian meals, etc. 
    • Sample menus
    • Recipes
    • Tips for eating out
  • Physical Activity
    • Physical activity guidelines
    • Tips to increase physical activity