My Pyramid: Introduction

Families, Food and Fitness October 28, 2009 Print Friendly and PDF


MyPyramid Learning Lesson

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What is MyPyramid?

MyPyramid replaces the old Food Guide Pyramid. It is a consumer-friendly guide to help all healthy people over 2 years of age make healthful food choices. It is meant to be flexible and easy to use. MyPyramid still uses the same basic food groups, but it is unique in that it is based on your age, gender, and activity level. The previous food guide pyramid provided us with ranges of servings we should be eating from each food group. MyPyramid tells us exactly how much of each food group we should be eating in easy-to-understand measurements.

USDA's MyPyramid

What is MyPyramid based on?

MyPyramid is based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 and represents the most current scientific information about diet and physical activity. The Dietary Guidelines answer the questions:What should Americans eat, how should we prepare our food to keep it safe and wholesome, and how should we be active to be healthy? The guidelines are designed to help individuals choose diets that will meet nutrient requirements, promote health, support active lives, and reduce the risks of chronic disease. The Dietary Guidelines are the foundation of My Pyramid.

Is My Pyramid a diet?

No. It is not a prescribed diet but a suggested pattern of eating that will promote good health and help prevent the chance of developing a chronic disease later in life.

In this lesson, you will:

  • Learn that MyPyramid replaces the old Food Guide Pyramid and gives us the latest information from nutrition experts about eating healthy food and being active.
  • The recommended food pattern from MyPyramid for their age range.

Next: My_Pyramid:_Basics >>


Lesson Contents
I. Introduction
II. My Pyramid: Basics
III. My Pyramid: Inside the Pyramid

a. My Pyramid: Make Half Your Grains Whole
b. My Pyramid: Vary Your Veggies
c. My Pyramid: Focus on Fruits
d. My Pyramid: Get Your Calcium Rich Foods
e. My Pyramid: Go Lean with Protein!
f. My Pyramid: Know the Limits on Fats, Salt, and Sugars
g. My Pyramid: Discretionary Calories

IV. Healthy Weight and Physical Activity


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.