LANA and MyPlate for a Healthy New Year!

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Dec
9

By Lana the Iguana

 

Does this look familiar to you?

 

Maybe you learned about the food pyramid in grade school? Maybe you taught about it to kids in school? I won’t make you date yourself and say which one.

If you haven’t heard, there is a new kid in town. And its name is MyPlate.

The MyPlate icon was developed in an effort to promote the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. By using the plate image, it simplifies the message of healthy food choices and makes it easier to visualize what a healthy plate should look like. Instead of trying to keep track of how many “servings” you have had during the day (half the battle is figuring out what a “serving” is!) you can now just look at your plate, aim to fill half with vegetables and fruits, followed by (whole) grain, and a small portion of protein and dairy.

If you think about your typical family dinner plate, it may not – yet – resemble the MyPlate icon. It might be 1/3 meat, 1/3 grain, and 1/3 vegetable. Maybe. If we are lucky. I know plenty of people who go heavy on the proteins or starches. However, both the LANA program and MyPlate encourage people to pile on the fruits and vegetables first. Make vegetables and fruits the star of your meal while allowing the protein to take a supporting role.

As 2011 comes to an end and we begin thinking about changes we want to make in the new year, let’s start by giving our plates a makeover. Make 2012 a healthy year by focusing on adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet!

For more information about MyPlate: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/QandA/index.html
For MyPlate-related products: http://www.learningzonexpress.com/c-482-myplate.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

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