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New Kid-Friendly Food Pyramid Launched

Modeled From U.S. Department of Agriculture's "My Pyramid" Plan
WebMD Health News

Sept. 28, 2005 -- Kids have a new food "pyramid" emphasizing daily physical activity and good nutrition.

The new food pyramid is geared to children aged 6 to 11. It was launched by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Editor's Note: Food Pyramid Replaced

In June 2011, the USDA replaced the food pyramid with a new plate icon.

The child-friendly pyramid is a spin-off of the USDA's "My Pyramid" plan, which debuted in April.

The new illustration and materials were designed to be more appealing and appropriate for young children, but the nutritional advice has not changed, says the USDA.

The food groups are the same as those in the original, and the numbers of servings recommended for young children fall at the lower end of the recommended ranges, it says. Young children are not eating the recommended numbers of servings from most of the five major food groups, and the main focus of the kid-friendly food pyramid is variety.

The kids' pyramid also has an online computer game. In the game, called "Blast Off," kids must pick the right kinds of "fuel" (healthy foods and physical activity) for a rocket. The site also includes tips for families and educational materials.

Pyramid's Principles

The building blocks of the kids' food pyramid include:

  • Be physically active every day. The goal is for kids to get at least an hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity on most days, according to a worksheet on the USDA's My Pyramid for Kids web site.

  • Choose healthier foods from each food group. For instance, half of all grains should be whole grains, says the USDA.

  • Eat more of some food groups than others. The pyramid is heavier on fruits, veggies, grains, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products than on fat and protein.

  • Eat foods from each food group every day. No need to shun any food group.

Personalizing your choices and making gradual improvements are also recommended.

Pyramid's Tips

Tips from My Pyramid for Kids include:

  • Go for vegetables in a variety of colors.
  • When eating meat, choose leaner options.
  • Consider beans, fish, peas, nuts, and seeds as protein sources.
  • When choosing dairy products, reach for low-fat or fat-free products most often.
  • Choose fruit over fruit juices most of the time.

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