(3/15/12) The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourage an increased focus on fruits and vegetables and an understanding of proper portion sizes.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) helps consumers understand how to implement these suggestions into their daily lives with "Get Your Plate in Shape," this year's theme of National Nutrition Month®.
Each March, the Academy encourages Americans to return to the basics of healthy eating. This year's National Nutrition Month theme encourages consumers to ensure they are eating the recommended amounts of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods and dairy each day. “By focusing on half of your plate being fruits and vegetables, one quarter protein and one quarter whole gains, everyone is assured they are getting in the nutrition their bodies need”, according to Paula Przywojski, Registered Dietitian at Black River Memorial Hospital. “Let’s not forget the glass of milk too!”
By focusing this year's theme on the new MyPlate, we can help people make the simple changes to their daily eating plans that will benefit them for a lifetime.
Launched in June 2011, USDA's MyPlate replaced MyPyramid as the government's primary food group symbol as an easy-to-understand visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines. Dividing the plate into four sections: fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins, as well as a glass representing dairy products, it shows consumers how they can incorporate the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines into every meal.
As part of this public education campaign, the Academy's National Nutrition Month website (www.eatright.org/nnm) includes helpful tips, fun games, promotional tools and nutrition education resources, all designed to spread the message of good nutrition around the "Get Your Plate in Shape" theme. Przywojski adds, “Don’t forget though that all food can be good in moderation; it’s not about focusing on eliminating foods, but eating more of the basic food groups we have all forgotten about.” Happy Nutrition Month!