The Kid's Food Guide Pyramid
Kids Can Have Fun By The Time They Enjoy Learning About Nutrition!!!
Have you seen the food guide pyramid for kids?
This bright-colored food guide shows children how fun it is to eat healthy foods and be physically active.
....The best part of the new pyramid is that it can be tailored just to your child, based on his/her age, gender, and activity level. You can go to www.mypyramid.gov and enter this information, and the number of cups or ounces your child needs of each food group will be displayed. This is a great tool to print out and post on the refrigerator to track healthy eating! There is a new food guide pyramid for adults, too. Log on to www.mypyramid.gov to discover what a healthy eating plan looks like for you..
Let’s take a closer look at this new pyramid:
• There are five food groups on the pyramid, including grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, and meats and beans. Oils are also included, but are not a food group. Oils from fish, nuts, and some liquid oils help keep you healthy.
• The food groups run up and down instead of side to side. This means that we should build our diet on foods from the bottom of the pyramid, which are lower in sugar and fat. For instance, in the milk group, we’re encouraged to eat low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt, instead of foods like ice cream and cheese that would be at the tip of the pyramid. The amount of each food group needed is indicated by the width of the lines running up and down.
• A girl running up the side of the pyramid and children playing show how important physical activity is!
Kids should aim to be active for at least 60 minutes most days of the week.
• Food pictures below the pyramid show common foods found in each food group. This makes it easy to know what foods belong in each group.
Encourage your children to play the fun pyramid blast-off game at http://www.mypyramid.gov/kids/kids_game.html
or color a worksheet at http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/resources/mpk_coloring.pdf
Salud + Health Info is for information and educational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for personal medical attention, diagnosis or hands-on treatment. If you are concerned abut your health or that of a child, please consult your family’s physician or health provider immediately and do not try to diagnose yourself.