Wednesday, August 29, 2012

8/29/12 This Makes Sense! pr

This is a very good website.  I encourage you to visit .  I will follow it up with an empty calorie chart today. Hugs, phyllis  05/06/1933

 Getting Started with MyPlate

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 MyPlate is part of a larger communications initiative based on 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to help consumers make better food choices.

 MyPlate is designed to remind Americans to eat healthfully; it is not intended to change consumer behavior alone.

 MyPlate illustrates the five food groups using a familiar mealtime visual, a place setting.

 The website features practical information and tips to help Americans build healthier diets.

 It features selected messages to help consumers focus on key behaviors. Selected messages include:

o Balancing Calories

§ Enjoy your food, but eat less.

§ Avoid oversized portions.

o 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.

o Foods to Reduce

§ Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and

frozen meals—and choose foods with lower


§ Drink water instead of sugary drinks.


 includes much of the consumer and professional information formerly found on


U.S. Department of Agriculture

Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

Revised August 2012

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