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Happy Birthday, MyPlate!

Tomorrow, Let’s Move! is celebrating the first birthday of MyPlate, the new food icon that reminds us to build a healthy plate with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, and fat-free or low-fat dairy at every meal. It’s a helpful tool for making meals with healthy portions and a friendly image for parents and kids to talk about making half our plates fruits and vegetables.

MyPlate Green
Healthy eating with MyPlate starts with simple steps we can all make:
  • Focus on fruits
  • Vary your veggies
  • Make at least half your grains whole
  • Go lean with protein
  • Get your calcium-rich foods

As the First Lady said at the unveiling, “This is a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we’re eating and as a mom, I can already tell how much this is going to help parents across the country.  When mom or dad comes home from a long day of work, we’re already asked to be a chef, a referee, a cleaning crew.  So it’s tough to be a nutritionist, too. But we do have time to take a look at our kids’ plates.  As long as they’re half full of fruits and vegetables, and paired with lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy, we’re golden.  That’s how easy it is.”  

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Learn more:

A look back at the first year of MyPlate