On June 2, First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled the federal government’s new food icon, MyPlate, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices. MyPlate is a new generation icon with the intent to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times and to seek more information to help them do that.
Crouse Hospital's Manager of Nutritional Services Maureen Fauler, RD, CDN, MHA, commented on the new eating plan on WSYR-TV. Since 2005, the icon for good eating has been the Food Pyramid, which critics say contributed too little in the way of nutritional guidance. "The pryamid was a little overwhelming just to look at and too hard for the average person to figure out," said Fauler. The new MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein and dairy food groups.
“This is a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we’re eating and as a mom, I can already tell how much this is going to help parents across the country,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “When mom or dad comes home from a long day of work, we’re already asked to be a chef, a referee, a cleaning crew. So it’s tough to be a nutritionist, too. But we do have time to take a look at our kids’ plates. As long as they’re full of fruits and vegetables, and paired with lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy, we’re golden. That’s how easy it is.”
Resources for Healthy Eating
Food & Nutrition Guidance from Crouse Hospital
American Dietetic Association