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Eating Guides. Old vs. New. MyPyramid was released in 2005 and replaced the Food Guide Pyramid (1992). MyPlate was released in 2011 and replaced the MyPyramid. 1956-1970 Food For Fitness: Daily Food Guide Basic 4. 1940 “A guide to good eating, the basic 7”

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Old vs. New

MyPyramid was released in 2005 and replaced the Food Guide Pyramid (1992).

MyPlatewas released in 2011 and replaced the MyPyramid.


Food For Fitness: Daily Food Guide Basic 4


“A guide to good eating, the basic 7”

Focus on nutritional adequacy, specific servings from each food group

1979Hassle Free-Daily Food GuideBasic 4 , but added guidelines for fats and sweets

1984Moved from adequacy, to adequacy plus moderation

The food guide pyramid 1992
The Food Guide Pyramid (1992)




Proportion/ balance

Three key messages
Three Key Messages

  • Make smart choices within and among the food groups.

  • Keep a balance between food intake and physical activity.

  • Get the most nutrients from your calories.

What does the pyramid teach us
What Does the PyramidTeach Us?

  • Activity

  • Variety

  • Moderation

  • Proportionality

  • Personalization

  • Gradual Improvement

Be active
Be Active!


Represented by the steps and the person climbing them.

Physical activity recommendation for children and youth
Physical Activity Recommendation for Children and Youth

  • At least 60 minutes of physical activity most (preferably all) days of the week.

  • 7-9 hours of sleep each night


  • The Logo

  • Focus on smaller portion sizes

  • Replace sugary drinks with water

  • Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables

  • Choose low fat dairy

  • Make half your grains whole

Selected messages
Selected Messages

1) Balancing Calories

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less.

  • Avoid oversized portions. 

    2) Foods to Increase

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.

  • Make at least half your grains whole grains.

  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.

    3) Foods to Reduce

  • Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals and choose the foods with lower numbers.

  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

Build a healthy plate
Build a Healthy Plate

Make half your plate vegetables and fruits.

Switch to skim or 1% milk.

Make at least half your grains whole.

Vary your protein food choices.

Keep your food safe to eat.

Myplate helps individuals use the dietary guidelines to
MyPlate helps individuals use the Dietary Guidelines to:

• Make smart choices from every food group.• Find balance between food and physical activity.• Get the most nutrition out of calories.• Stay within daily calorie needs.

What is a healthy diet
What is a "Healthy Diet"?

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans describe a healthy diet as one that:

• Emphasizes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products;• Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts; and• Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.

Dietary guidelines brochure
Dietary Guidelines Brochure

About 90 pages!!


  • What is a “healthy diet”?

  • Which food guide (pyramid or plate) do you like better? Defend which you have chose!