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MyPyramid Update Summit, October 2005. Overall Concepts. Recommendations vs Reminder One size does not fit all Updated guidelines and nutrient recommendations Focus on calories. GRADUAL IMPROVEMENT

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overall concepts
Overall Concepts
  • Recommendations vs Reminder
  • One size does not fit all
  • Updated guidelines and nutrient recommendations
  • Focus on calories

Suggested by the slogan. People can take small steps each day to improve their diet and lifestyle.


The person on the steps, the URL, and the slogan, stress finding the amount of foods YOU need daily.


Represented by the steps and the person climbing them.


The six color bands represent the five food groups, plus oils. This illustrates that foods from all groups are needed daily.






Meat &



Each food group narrows toward the top:

Base: foods with little or no solid fats or added sugars.

Top: foods with more added sugars and/or solid fats.


The food group bands have different widths - a general guide to the proportion to eat from each group.

portion recommendations
Portion Recommendations
  • Consumer friendly measures like
    • Cups
    • Ounces
    • Tablespoons
make half your grains whole
Make Half Your Grains Whole
  • Stronger emphasis on whole grains
  • Check ingredient lists on labels
  • Look at dietary fiber on Nutrition Facts panel
mypyramid grains
MyPyramid: Grains
  • Eat 6 ounce-equivalents (for a 2,000 calorie diet)
    • 3 ounce-equivalents or more of whole-grain products
    • The remaining grains should come from enriched or whole-grain products
  • Equivalents:
  • 1 slice bread
  • ½ cup cooked pasta, cooked rice or cooked cereal
  • 1 cup ready-to-eat cereal
vary your veggies
Vary Your Veggies
  • Includes weekly recommendations for:
    • Dark green vegetables
    • Orange vegetables
    • Legumes
    • Starchy vegetables
    • Other vegetables

MyPyramid: Vegetables

  • Eat the equivalent of 2½ cups of raw or cooked vegetables per day (for a 2,000 calorie diet)


  • 2 cups raw leafy greens = 1 cup of vegetable
  • 1 cup of raw or cooked vegetables
  • 1 cup vegetable juice
focus on fruits
Focus on Fruits
  • Keep amount of fruit juice to less than half of total fruit intake
  • Choose a variety
  • Choose fresh, frozen, canned, dried
mypyramid fruits
Eat the equivalent of 2 cups of fresh, canned or frozen fruits per day (for a 2,000 calorie diet)MyPyramid: Fruits


  • 1 cup of fruit
  • 1 cup 100% fruit juice
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit
get your calcium rich foods
Get your calcium rich foods
  • Focus on fat-free or low-fat milk.
  • Choose low fat dairy products.
  • Include non-dairy high-calcium foods and beverages.
  • 3 cups per day - 9 years or older

MyPyramid: Dairy products

  • Consume 3 cups per day of fat-free or low-fat milk or equivalent milk products
    • Children ages 2 to 8: 2 cups per day
    • Children ages 9 & up: 3 cups per day
  • Equivalents:
  • 8 oz. milk
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1½ oz. natural cheese
  • 2 oz. processed cheese
go lean with protein
Go lean with protein
  • Variety of choices with more fish, beans, peas, nuts and seeds.
  • Choose low fat or lean meats.

MyPyramid: Meat & beans

  • Eat 5½ ounce-equivalents (for a 2,000 calorie diet). Choose lean meat and poultry. Vary your choices – more fish, beans, peas, nuts and seeds.
  • Equivalents:
  • 1 oz. meat, poultry or fish
  • ¼ cup cooked dry beans or peas
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • ½ oz. of nuts or seeds
oils tips for healthy choices
Oils: Tips for Healthy Choices
  • Use vegetable oils rather than solid fats.
  • Substitute nuts for meat or cheese as snack or in a meal.
  • Choose omega-3 fatty acid-rich fish
  • Use Nutrition Facts to select foods low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol.
  • Select foods prepared with little or no fat or oil.
  • Select lean or low-fat foods most often.
mypyramid blast off game
MyPyramid Blast Off Game
  • Interactive computer game
  • Fueling a rocket with food and physical activity
  • “Fuel” tanks for each food group
    • Students keep track of how choices fit into MyPyramid
    • Blast off
classroom materials for elementary schools child care providers
Classroom Materials for elementary schools, child care providers
  • 3 levels (Grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6)
  • Teacher's Guide, lesson plans & worksheets.
  • CD with the MyPyramid Blast Off Game
  • MyPyramid for Kids poster
  • Tips for Families