MyPlate Resource Guide
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In 2011, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) replaced the Food Pyramid nutrition guide with MyPlate, the most recent set of dietary guidelines. The following is a starting point for research on understanding MyPlate.
What Should You Really Eat?
- Eight Healthy Eating Goals: The President’s Council promotes programs and initiatives that motivate all people to live active, healthy lives.
- HelpGuide provides guidance to eating healthy through planning tips.
- Should you be “Eating Clean?”: An article from the journal of Science-Based Medicine, an organization that examines the claims often found in other studies.
- Food Pyramids and Plates: What Should You Really Eat?: Harvard School of Public Health analyzes both the Food Pyramid and MyPlate, providing healthy guidelines to eating right.
- Should you really “Eat Your Breadgies?”: CBC Radio – Canada talks about some of the healthier food choices, including veggies infused into bread.
- Food Pyramids – What Should You Really Eat?: Food and Behavior Research talks about Harvard’s take on MyPlate.
- The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion article “Healthy Eating on a Budget” presents how to eat healthy without breaking the bank.
- Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by Michelle Obama, working to solve the problem of obesity within a generation.
- Pamela Oliver, a professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin, writes about, “How I Lost Weight.”
The USDA MyPlate Made Simple
- MyPlate and Historical Food Pyramid Resources: The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Information Center collects and disseminates information about food and human nutrition.
- Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum: The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Center discusses how schools are importing MyPlate into their curriculum.
- MyPlate & Food Pyramid Resources: Nutrition.gov provides access to vetted food and nutrition information from across the federal government.
- SuperTracker helps you plan, anlyze, and track your diet and physical activity.
- The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion shares some sample menus and recipes that fit their MyPlate outline.
- USDA Unveils New, Simple Tips to Stay Healthy, Active, and Fit: U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack discusses his views on the USDA’s MyPlate.
- KidsHealth provides a MyPlate food guide that’s free of “doctor speak.”
Who Built MyPlate?
- ChooseMyPlate – Partnering Programs lists the partnerships that came together to promote the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
- What Is MyPlate?: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.
- The University of Nebraska-Lincoln presents the benefits of using MyPlate to guide healthy eating.
- What is the MyPlate Food Guide?: A brief explanation of MyPlate, including the origin of the food guide.
- MyPlate, Dietary Guidelines and General Nutrition: The SNAP-Ed Connection is an online resource center sponsored by the USDA.
- About.com provides a guide to the USDA MyPlate.
- Who is Using MyPlate?: Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab takes a look at the implementation of MyPlate.
- Building MyPyramid and MyPlate is an article from Harvard Medical School’s media and publishing division, Harvard Health Publications.
- Dietary Guidelines for Americans: The 2010 publication by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion discusses how the Dietary Guidelines for Americans provide guidance on how to eat healthy and avoid disease.
- On ChooseMyPlate.gov, there is an explanation of how the Dietary Guidelines for Americans are updated every five years.
- The USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotions provides a brochure with tips on how to eat healthy.
- The Weston A. Price Foundation provides principles of healthy diets and suggested dietary guidelines.
- The American Heart Association provides healthy diet guidelines with the intention to build healthier lives for people, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
- The Whole Grains Council shares the importance of whole grains in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
- The President’s Council supports healthy living for Americans by providing dietary guidelines and nutritional advice.
The Healthy Eating Pyramid and Healthy Eating Plate
- The Healthy Eating Plate, Harvard health Publications’ alternative to MyPlate.
- Healthy Eating Plate & Healthy Eating Pyramid: The Nutrition Source aims to provide timely, evidence-based information on diet and nutrition for the public.
- Healthy Eating Plate vs. USDA’s MyPlate: A comparison between the two healthy eating guides.
- Harvard Health Publications provides Quick Tips to assist with the Healthy Eating Plate and Pyramid.
- Food Guide Pyramid Becomes a Plate: KidsHealth explains the change going from pyramid to plate.
- Huffington Post article, “Harvard Healthy Eating Plate Tries to One-Up USDA’s MyPlate, Meets Opposition.”
- The Mayo Clinic discusses the keys to healthy eating whether you’re following a pyramid or a plate.
- ABC News article “Harvard Researchers Unveil New Healthy Eating Plate.”
Other Alternatives to MyPlate
- The Power Plate: A plant-based diet alternative to MyPlate by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
- The Healthy Living Pyramid: Australia’s healthy food guide based on the Australian 2013 Dietary Guidelines.
- Plans for Healthy Eating: The National Institute on Aging provides guidance to seniors on utilizing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
- The dLife Healthy Eating Plate: A food guide for diabetics and others who are monitoring their blood sugar.
- Precision Nutrition critiques MyPlate and offers an alternative.
- Modern Alternative Kitchen suggests ignoring the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
- What Are the Flaws of MyPlate?: A panel of nutritionists critique MyPlate and offer suggestions for improvement.
Healthy Eating Index
- The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion describes the Healthy Eating Index, including 2005 and 2010 reports.
- The National Cancer Institute’s explanation of the Healthy Eating Index.
- The Centers for Disease Control provides a description of the Healthy Eating Index.
- Michigan State University’s Extension Education shares a brief on the Healthy Eating Index.
- The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research posted a video about how to apply the Healthy Eating Index.
- The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition posted a study designed to validate the use of the Healthy Eating Index to measure compliance with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
- The National Center for Biotechnology Information shares an abstract of a study to develop an index of overall diet quality.
- From the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a study on determining children’s diet quality using the Healthy Eating Index.