First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently unveiled the federal government’s new food icon, MyPlate, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices. The new MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein and dairy food groups.
Tips from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans:
- 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.
Food in Los Angeles County:
What surrounds us shapes us, and in Los Angeles there are often barriers that make healthy choices the difficult choices. Many residents live in neighborhoods with an abundance of cheap, low-nutrient, high-calorie food, but with limited access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables.
Some families must travel miles from their neighborhood to purchase healthy foods at reasonable prices, and fruits and vegetables are often more costly than calorie-dense foods of lower nutritional quality. To address obesity, we must ensure that every neighborhood, school and workplace has access to affordable healthy foods and beverages.
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