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Archive for August, 2011

New School Year New ChooseMyPlate

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

 

Welcome back to school!!  Whether you are student, faculty, staff or a member of the community, fall brings with it a new excitement and new beginnings.  This year the new excitement includes a new kid on the block as you look at your nutrition planning.  The United States Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services unveiled the “ChooseMyPlate” campaign this summer.   

ChooseMyPlate is a common sense approach to making healthful food choices.  There are several key points within ChooseMyPlate.  From the ChooseMyPlate.gov webiste the key messages are:

Balance Calories

• Enjoy your food, but eat less.

• Avoid oversized portions. 

Foods to Increase

• Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.

• Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.

• Make at least half your grains whole grains 

Foods to Reduce

• Compare sodium (salt) in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals, and choose foods with lower numbers.

• Drink water instead of sugary drinks. 

Think of ChooseMyPlate when you are making food choices during your meals.  Make ½ of your plate fruits and vegetables; a little less than ¼ of your plate is protein; a little more than ¼ of your plate is grains and have a dairy serving at each meal.  Thinking of your plate in this way allows you to choose a variety of foods at each meal and lets you easily to eat a nutritionally balanced meal.  Go to ChooseMyPlate.gov for more informaton and next time you are deciding what to eat, think half, fourth, fourth and add a dairy. 

Here is to healthy eating and a healthy 2011-2012 school year.