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From the Archives: Talking Healthy Lunch with Elmo

Ed. note: This was originally posted on the White House Blog.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared March 8, 2012 as "What's on My Plate?" day to help raise awareness about the importance of choosing healthy, nutritious foods to fill our plates.

It reminded us of the time White House Chef and Let's Move Policy Advisor Sam Kass invited his friend Elmo to talk about the healthy foods that many students will see on their school lunch plates as a result of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act that President Obama signed in December of 2010.

Watch Elmo's visit to the White House kitchen.

The USDA introduced MyPlate as a reminder to include the five food groups that form the building blocks of a healthy diet—fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy—into our meals.

So tell us: What’s on your plate? Post pictures of your plate on Twitter with the hashtag #MyPlate or add your photo to the USDA Flickr group