USDA Unveils MyPlate

Wednesday, 08 June 2011

Americans are familiar with the food pyramid, the USDA’s chart that provides guidelines on how many servings of each food group to have each day. Some may still remember several versions of the pyramid. The USDA has recently announced that pyramids are out, and plates are in: the updated food recommendation chart is in the shape of a plate, with sections for food groups.


On June 2, First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled the federal government’s new food icon, MyPlate, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices. MyPlate is a new generation icon designed to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times and to seek more information to help them do that by going to The new MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein, and dairy food groups. provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information. As Americans are experiencing epidemic rates of overweight and obesity, the online resources and tools can empower people to make healthier food choices for themselves, their families, and their children.

For more information, visit Additional resources from the federal government include and Find additional nutrition information at

Sources: NVFC Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion


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