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MyPlate and Healthy Kids-Move, Play, Have Fun!

my plate iconFitness and nutrition are the cornerstones of health.  The health habits your child develops now can set the tone for a lifetime of good health.  By working together, we can ensure that your child is healthy and ready to learn.  This parent handout is designed to introduce you to MyPlate.  MyPlate is the current nutrition guide published by the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, a food circle (i.e. a pie chart) depicting a place setting with a plate and glass divided into five food groups. It replaced the USDA’s MyPyramid guide on June 2, 2011.

The MyPlate icon reminds us that we need to eat and drink foods from the five food groups.  Fruits, Vegetables, Dairy, Grains, and Protein Foods are important for good health.  MyPlate shows the food groups in different sections of the plate.  Does this mean that foods need to be separate on your plate?  No way!  Some of our favorite healthy foods are a mix of food groups.

Tips for Families

  • Enjoy your colors. Eat a dark green, red, or orange vegetable at dinner.
  • Make half your grains whole grains. Try a whole-grain cereal at breakfast.
  • Strong bodies need strong bones. Drink fat-free or low fat (1%) milk at meals.
  • Vary your protein foods. Eat beans or peas at dinner at least once a week.
  • Drink water instead of soda or other sweet drinks.
  • Enjoy fruit for dessert.

More Great Wellness Resources!

Click the headings below to learn more information about overall wellness.

  1. Emotional/Mental Wellness: Here you will find helpful information about mental/emotional well-being.
  2. Nutrition: Here you will find some helpful information regarding Nutritional Wellness with some great ideas you can help implement for the whole family.
  3. Physical Wellness: Here you will find some helpful information on keeping active and promoting physical well-being.
  4. Helpful Tech Resources: Here you will find a great list of information to keep your kids safe online.