Happy Birthday to MyPlate!

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MyPlate's birthday is here! Did you know that the USDA released its new food icon on June 2, 2011? How are you going to celebrate MyPlate's birthday ?

To celebrate we have 2 handouts and a downloadable clipart/card - click here.

Food Icon History: Blast from the Past

Back in 1956, "Food for Fitness" was the USDA chart du jour. This chart is perhaps most famous for cementing the idea of “food groups” in the American consciousness. It introduced four main groups for food -- milk, meat, vegetable/fruit, and bread/cereal.

In 1992, the USDA began ranking food groups. This was the first food pyramid. The food groups were further broken down and serving sizes begin to play a larger role. Meats, milks, fats, and sugars resided higher up on the pyramid and required fewer servings per day. However, what a serving entails wasn’t entirely clear at this point.

In 2005, the USDA adjusted the pyramid to reflect the importance of exercise. This change also corresponded with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans update. A government website was released in conjunction with this pyramid, so that people could go online and get personalized recommendations. The new pyramid didn’t say that one food was better than another -- instead, it demonstrated how many servings people should get from each group. This was done without rankings.

On June 2, 2011, the USDA released MyPlate, replacing the pyramid with an image of a plate. The colorful icon was well-received and provided a new way to explore balanced, healthful eating.

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We want to help you celebrate! Click here for two free handouts, along with fun clip art!

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