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. Anthony's Case Posts

    Her father supported and protected her from the beginning and she throws him under the bus and tries to redirect all blame to him. Casey’s mother hopefully will clear up all these lies and tell the truth on the stand since she was the one from the beginning to think Casey killed her daughter

    June 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anthony's Case Posts

    As an in-law of a victim of family homicide, I can tell you that the truth is much more complicated and bizarre than what appears on the surface if it is EVER known. I am fascinated by this defense. Families and their sick dynamics should
    not be underestimated!!!

    June 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey

    Take it somewhere else. You have an obsession.

    June 2, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CSnSC

    Seriously get off ! If we want your longwinded running trial transcript we'd go to That story

    June 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JT

    it's incredibly annoying... and i wish you could flag the comments.

    but back on topic – I think this is a good start, but in the end it's going to be as meaningless as the food pyramid was before. The plate doesn't address calories, sugar, or sodium. It doesn't address nutrients. It's a start, but more or less common sense that doesn't give specific advice on what to eat.

    June 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. funkybunch

    Triangle shape way to confusing, circle shape so much clearer.

    June 2, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John Brakefield 405-812-8832 FREEDOM

    I know a better way you can all live. Hollar at me.

    June 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mark

    About time.

    June 2, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. who cares

    About your retarded family violence. .they killed the wrong one now go hang yourself but first eat your veggies

    June 2, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jinx

    Cut and paste is not always your friend.

    The plate is better, but I agree with JT: it could use some tweaking. It is, however, much, much better than the food pyramid. My kids were always like, "huh?"

    June 2, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. raven

    What ? You mean McDonalds isnt a food group??

    June 2, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jazzzzz

    I want a McPoop Burger. Hold the onions.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
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    I joined this website "123 Get Samples" and i got free stuff from it, it took about a week for me to receive? something i actually wanted so just join them and it is easy and free

    June 3, 2011 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. jose

    Fruit and Vegetables 🙂 So, most Americans, burdened by the Bernanke-Tax, are buying less fruits and vegetables... because they can't afford it after the Bernanke-induced inflation.

    June 3, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat2u

    People, let's please get real about all this. I'm 60+ years now. Anyone in this age bracket can remember sitting down to very wholesome meals, because we had parents who didn't mind cooking for their families. Then we had chidren and pretty much did the same things. Then came along the advent of "FAST FOOD." Now the children we raised became the "ME" generation, and they won't take the time to cook because (1) They are too lazy, ie, I work too much and don't have the time and (2) They are too lazy . It's not a matter of not knowing what's good for you, it's not really caring.

    June 3, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
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