is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future. This means:
- Focus on variety, amount, and nutrition.
- Choose foods and beverages with less saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars.
- Start with small changes to build healthier eating styles.
- Support healthy eating for everyone.
Eating healthy is a journey shaped by many factors, including our stage of life, situations, preferences, access to food, culture, traditions, and the personal decisions we make over time. All your food and beverage choices count. MyPlate offers ideas and tips to help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs and improves your health.
No Kid Hungry Act
On December 13, 2010, President Obama signed into law Public Law 111-296 the Healthy-Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010. This legislation marks the most comprehensive changes to school nutrition in more than a generation. The new standards reflect the most current dietary science and are designed to combat childhood obesity & childhood hunger. Goals of the new legislation are to ensure students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week; increase offerings of whole grain-rich foods; offer only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties; limit calories based on the age of the children being served to ensure proper portion size; and to increase the focus on reducing the amounts of saturated fats, trans fats and sodium. Implementation of the key changes will be phased in over a three year period, with final changes for sodium targets phased in later years.
Action For Healthy Kids
Every child in the United States should be well-nourished, physically active, healthy and ready to learn. Sadly, they’re not. Action for Healthy Kids is a national non-profit organization that has been supporting schools in becoming healthier places for students and communities since 2002. One in three kids in this country is either overweight or obese. But they don’t have to be. Schools are a big part of the solution and you can be too.
Together we can raise our hands and lend our voices to the fight against childhood obesity so every kid can be healthy and ready to learn. Working together, we can also give kids the keys to health and academic success, one school at a time.