ChooseMyPlate.gov, from the United States Department of Agriculture, is a resource to showcase the federal government's new food icon, MyPlate, that is meant to help people make good choices about the food they choose to eat. The new MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein, and dairy food groups. The icon itself illustrates these food groups as different colors on the plate:
- Fruits are red
- Vegetables are green
- Grains are orange
- Protein is purple
- Dairy is blue
MyPlate replaces the MyPyramid image as the government's primary food group symbol as an easy-to-understand visual cue to help people adopt healthy eating habits consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. MyPyramid will remain available to interested health professionals and nutrition educators in a special section of the new website.
This resource can be used in the classroom to help enhance units on health and medicine. There is material available on the ChooseMyPlate.gov site that is meant to aid educators in explaining the new nutrition guidelines established by the federal government. MyPlate itself is a visual cue that indicates the relative amounts of each food group an individual should strive to have during the day. The icon on the homepage is clickable, so you could break your students into five groups and have each group explore one of the food groups by clicking on the appropriate part of the plate. They will be taken to that food group's page on the site, where they can access more information about it.
In addition to the icon itself, on the right side of the page there is a box where students can get a personalized food plan, learn healthy eating tips, or plan a healthy menu.