Students are getting ready for summer, which means that now is the perfect time to give them the tools they need to make healthy choices during their time away from school! Children can learn how to maintain a well-balanced diet by learning more about the major food groups and why they are important. The Food Pyramid, along with its modern adaptations, provides the perfect teacher resource for helping students learn about healthy eating:
- The Food Pyramid was officially introduced in the early 1990s. This easy-to-read diagram helped both adults and children get a better understanding of the breakdown of the major food groups. By looking to the Food Pyramid, families could also determine how much of each food group they should be eating each day. But over time, new research and information found that the foods and food groups shown by the classic Food Pyramid did not give the most accurate description of a well-balanced diet.
- MyPyramid replaced the Food Pyramid in 2005. This system used the same pyramid shape, but used vertical lines or sections to represent each food group. Grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, and meat and beans were the five groups included in MyPyramid. The size of each group’s section in the pyramid was meant to represent how much of each group should be eaten each day.
- In 2011, MyPlate became the new diagram for health and fitness, replacing the slightly confusing MyPyramid. Both parents and children can have an easier time understanding MyPlate because it organizes the food groups in a diagram on a plate. You can find posters featuring the MyPlate logo and show students what each meal should include. Half of each plate should consist of fruits and vegetables. The other half should consist of grains and protein, with slightly more whole grains than protein sources. Children should also try to have one glass of milk or another dairy product with each meal.
You can use this information, as well as the teacher resources available from MyPlate’s official website, to give your students the tools they need to stay healthy! Contact the team here at Florida Citrus today at (813) 379-2736 to learn more.