Healthy Children - July 2018

MyPlate, MyWins for Families

MyPlate, MyWins is all about finding a healthy eating style that works for your family and fits with your everyday life. The MyPlate icon is a reminder to make healthy choices from each of the five food groups, and there are many small changes you can make that add up to big success over time. Here you’ll find fun, practical tips and tools that have worked for other families. Give some a try, and discover “wins” for your own family.

Not sure where to start? Here are resources your family can use for ideas.

  1. Videos Featuring Real Families
    1. Hear from real families who are making healthy eating a reality in these videos. For example, follow Shelley and her two-year-old as she sets her family up for success by making little changes to her son’s diet, or see how Rocio teacher her four boys about the value of nutrition.
  2. Family-friendly Recipe Ideas
    1. Check out the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl for healthy, budget-friendly recipes you can prepare with your family.
  3. Information About Local Foods
    1. Learn more about the foods grown in your state, and get kids excited about trying hometown flavors.
  4. Healthy Eating on a Budget
    1. Use these tips and materials to make healthy choices while staying within you budget.
  5. Learn More About School Meals
    1. Schools today are focusing on offering a variety of fruit and vegetables and serving healthy recipes. Check out these resources to learn more about why school meals are a great choice:
      1. MyPlate Guide to School Breakfast
      2. MyPlate Guide to School Lunch
    2. Let’s Talk Trash
      1. Want to learn more about food loss and waste? Let’s Talk Trash includes consumer-friendly resources to help audiences think about the amount of food wasted at home. Download the info-graphic for posting at home, school, work, etc.

How can families help their children and teens eat healthy at school?

  • Try new foods at home. Kids need many opportunities to taste a new food to “get used to it.”
  • Eat lunch at school with your child. Learn more about what’s offered and meet school nutrition staff.
  • Encourage your child or teen to join in taste-testing events or surveys about school lunch, when available.

Talk with your child about what’s on the menu. Make sure they know about all the foods that are included in their school lunch.