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USDA and Michelle Obama Announce My Plate to Replace Food Pyramid

Texas Tech University nutrition professor, Debra Reed, can discuss the government’s new nutrition style.

Written by Melanie Hess

The USDA and First Lady Michelle Obama announced the new My Plate format yesterday as their replacement for the USDA’s long-running food pyramid.

Texas Tech University nutrition professor, Debra Reed, can discuss the government’s new nutrition style.

“The plate graphic with its visual guide to food amounts will appeal to busy parents and is simple enough that young children will get the message about the proportion of foods that are recommended,” Reed said.

The new My Plate format, made up of four different sections, will cater to the busy American lifestyle of today through its colorful and easy to follow graphic. Half the plate is made up of fruits and vegetables, while the other half is filled with a combination of proteins and grains. A dairy drink is added alongside the plate.

More information regarding My Plate and other nutrition tips can be found at the My Plate website, www.choosemyplate.gov.

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CONTACT: Debra Reed, professor, College of Human Sciences, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3068, or debra.reed@ttu.edu.

 

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Debra Reed is a professor and Helen DeVitt Jones Chair in the Department of Nutrition, Hospitality and Retailing in the College of Human Sciences.

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