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Your Plate Should Look Like “MyPlate”

What should your plate look like if you are eating a healthy well balanced meal? Look no further. New U.S. Dietary Guidelines has replaced the old food pyramid with a simple to use, colorful, four-part plate icon.

The new icon, called "My Plate," is split into four sections -- red for fruits, green for vegetables, orange for grains, and purple for protein -- with a separate blue section for dairy on the side.

As pictured on the icon, fruits and veggies should make up half of your meal. Protein is the smallest part of the plate, while the grain portion is a bit larger.
The website, http://www.choosemyplate.gov, is a terrific, easy to use interactive tool to educate the public on a balanced diet and portion control and encourage healthy eating behaviors. You can click on each section of the plate and a list of food choices appear for each category. Suggestions for healthy choices are listed for each plate category as well. Additionally, healthy tips are also posted on this site daily.

"The centerpiece of the program is this next-generation food icon," Robert C. Post, PhD, deputy director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) center for nutrition policy and promotion, as reported by WebMD. "The icon is the visual cue to get to online resources, to online media, and to unified nutrition messages from public- and private-sector efforts."

I think this is a wonderful, simple tool that the majority of people can understand and use as a portion control and well balanced meal guide. Thank you myplate.gov!

Mary Shenoo, RN, BSN, CCM,CWC

Ms. Shenoo joined Managed Care Concepts in 1993 as a Case Manager and Utilization Review Nurse Supervisor. In 1996, she was promoted to Executive Director. Her responsibilities now include: Oversight and Program Development for all departments. She serves as the liaison to the Medical Director, is the Organ Transplant Coordinator, and is a participating member of the MCC, Inc. Quality Management Committee.