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Fitness and Nutrition: Choose My Plate


“Choose My Plate” is a new generation food icon that is used to replace the Food Guide Pyramid. The new “My Plate” is a very simple icon that reminds consumers to eat healthfully and guide them to resources and tools to put the dietary guidelines into action. The “My Plate” objectives are to emphasize:

Balancing calories

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less
  • Avoid oversized portions

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 (one percent) milk

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
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