Thursday, March 8, 2012

What's on MyPlate?

I've teamed up with the nearly 6,000 USDA partners to make today What’s on MyPlate? Day! As part of National Nutrition Month, this day is dedicated to heightening public awareness of the importance of choosing healthy foods to create a nutritious meal.

The MyPlate icon, unveiled last summer, is the fresh, new USDA food graphic replacing MyPyramid, and is designed to be a visual cue to remind consumers to make healthful food choices as part of a balanced meal. It supports the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, features the five food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy), and points users to ChooseMyPlate.gov to learn about and apply the Guidelines for themselves.

The goal of What’s on MyPlate? Day is to create nationwide attention by using the outreach strength of social networks to promote MyPlate and its related messages and resources that empower consumers with the how-tos to build healthier plates. Partners, along with the general public, can use the hash-tag #MyPlateYourPlate to aid in the recognition of this social media event.

As part of this effort, I encourage you to put MyPlate into action by taking a photo of your healthful plates to share on Twitter with the hash-tag #MyPlate. I believe people can be inspired by seeing what others are eating! Snap a photograph of a MyPlate-style breakfast, lunch or dinner to share on Twitter or with the USDA Flickr Photo Group  http://www.flickr.com/groups/choosemyplate.

Here's what's was on MyPlate last night:

Grilled chicken, whole wheat cous cous with sautéed baby bella mushrooms and
spring mix salad with homemade dijon vinaigrette. Yum!

What's on YourPlate? Share with me by commenting or taking a picture to share on Twitter @RDbyyourside!