Healthy Eating & Living



Introduced in late Spring 2011, MyPlate replaces the familiar MyPyramid--or Food Pyramid as most called it--as an easier to understand resource offering personalized eating plans, tips and interactive tools to help you plan and assess your food choices based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans give science-based, practical advice on food and physical activity choices for better health:

Balancing Calories
  • Enjoy your food, but eat less.
  • Avoid oversized portions.
Foods to Increase
  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Make at least half your grains whole grains.
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
Foods to Reduce
  • Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals ? and choose the foods with lower numbers.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
 MyPlate helps individuals make smart choices from every food group, find balance between food and physical activity, get the most nutrition out of calories, get weight loss information, and stay within daily calorie needs.

Let's Move 

Let’s Move has an ambitious but important goal: to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.  Let’s Move will give parents the support they need, provide healthier food in schools, help our kids to be more physically active, and make healthy, affordable food available in every part of our country.  Join First Lady Michelle Obama, community leaders, teachers, doctors, nurses, moms and dads in a nationwide campaign to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity.

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Handy Recipes from the UDSA SNAP-Ed Connection 
Search the database of recipes submitted by nutrition and health professionals and organizations.  You can rate recipes and even submit your own!

 Nutrition educators in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other FNS nutrition assistance programs and their partners are also encouraged to use the database to support their nutrition education messages.