New Food Icon MyPlate Replaces MyPyramid: On June 2, 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack launched the new food icon, MyPlate. MyPlate replaces the MyPyramid icon as a reminder to choose healthy foods at mealtimes. The easy to understand graphics show portion sizes on a plate that emphasize fruits and vegetables, whole grains, proteins and dairy. MyPyramid can still be accessed through the new website in the archived section.
One size doesn't fit all. The Daily Food Plan offers you a personal eating plan with the foods and amounts that are right for you. Click on The Daily Food Plan link to get started.
MyPlate still offers a detailed assessment of your food intake and physical activity level. Click on the Tracker box for an in-depth look at your food and physical activity choices. Ten Tips Nutrition Education Series offers easy-to-read, printable materials to post in accessible areas to assist in making healthy food offerings. Along with the Physical Activity link, these two tools can provide valuable information to families striving to achieve and maintain healthy lifestyles.Check out the interactive links designed to make nutrition education fun for kids, as well. These links, and others, can be found In the section called Specific Audiences, on the main page of the MyPlate website.
For more information on diet and related topics, try these links to other Federal government and partner websites:
Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005.
For the 70 page scientific document
For the consumer brochure "Finding Your Way to a Healthier You"
For more information about the Guidelines
Nutrition Facts label
For more information about understanding and using the Nutrition Facts label on food products
For information about Qualified Health Claims on food product labels