As registered dietitian nutritionists, we love to see MyPlate in action! MyPlate was created as a familiar mealtime symbol that helps people learn about choosing a variety of healthy foods within all the food groups. It is a foundation which can be built upon to reach any audience where they are and in ways most impactful for them. We find it exciting to see how MyPlate comes to life when it's used in the marketplace and very much appreciate all those who are using MyPlate in innovative ways from in-store promotions and food packaging to MyPlate nutrition education programs, materials, songs, social media campaigns, and the list goes on.
One exciting, recent example is a video contest for kids, entitled Check Out MyPlate. A group of organizations (Gerber, Canned Food Alliance, Fresh Baby, USA Rice Federation, Chop Chop, and School Nutrition Association) developed the video competition to get kids thinking creatively about applying MyPlate to their lives. It's an activity that engages children and teens ages 2-18, their parents, and teachers to create videos that showcase healthy eating habits through nutritious eating and activity choices. Qualifying videos are 60 seconds or less and include:
- An image of MyPlate
- At least one healthy eating tip
- A favorite physical activity
If you would like to learn more about their competition, visit the Check Out MyPlate website before the contest ends on April 30. We are excited to see the creative ways that kids engage in healthy nutrition and physical activities!