Plate icon to guide Americans to healthier eating
The new icon, MyPlate is designed to remind Americans to adopt healthier eating habits.
June 2nd, 2011
12:07 PM ET

Plate icon to guide Americans to healthier eating

The food pyramid has been dismantled in favor of a simple plate icon that urges Americans to eat a more plant-based diet.

One half of your plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables, with whole grains and lean protein on the other half, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Low-fat dairy on the side, such as a cup of skim milk or yogurt, is also suggested.

The new plate icon is designed to remind Americans to adopt healthier eating habits, in a time when more than one-third of children and more than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese.

"It's an opportunity for Americans to understand quickly how to have a balanced and nutritious meal," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "It's a constant reminder as you look at your own plate whether your portion sizes are right, whether you've got enough fruits and vegetables on that plate."

Vilsack, first lady Michelle Obama and Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin spoke at a Thursday press conference to unveil the new plate icon.

Obama has led a national campaign for healthier diets and more physical exercise, called Let's Move, which aims to reduce childhood obesity in the United States within a generation.

The goal of the new icon is to simplify nutritional information, Obama said.

"When it comes to eating, what's more useful than a plate?" she asked. "It's a quick simple way for all of us to be mindful of the foods we're eating."

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  1. toocy

    Really? This is how stupid we've become? Picking from four food groups was too hard so in came the pyramid. The pyramid was deemed too confusing so now we have a picture of a plate. What are we five? Everyone knows what they should be eating, people just choose not to. Dumbing down the graphics is not going to change anything.

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