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MyPlate shows how much space each food group should take on your plate.

Choose MyPlate and Dietary Guidelines

MyPlate is the new USDA food guide tool to help people make wise food choices within food and calorie limits. MyPlate the Food Guide Pyramid and MyPyramid using simple tools like plates, cups and bowls to help us see how healthy food portions look, and to know what kinds of foods to eat.

The USDA Choose My Plate website can be used by adults, children, families and seniors and can help each age group make healthier and easier food and activity choices. Teachers and health-care providers also can use these educational tools in the classroom or as part of the treatment care plan.

Our Nutrition Education programs use these messages and tools to help you take small, steps to a healthier lifestyle.  Small changes, repeated over time, help each of us to control weight, reduce our risk factors for chronic disease including obesity, diabetes, hypertension and certain cancers and help us to feel better and do better in everyday activities.

For simple, easy tips to start your small changes to a healthier you, visit Choose My Plate.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025

Jointly published by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) every five years, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans provide science-based recommendations designed to foster healthy dietary patterns for Americans of all ages – from birth through older adults. They shape the nutrition messages we hear, how we eat, and here at CCE, they are the basis for our nutrition programs.

The 2020-2025 edition expands on previous guidance to include recommended healthy dietary patterns and specific nutrition recommendations across the lifespan, from infants to seniors, and even for special populations, such as women who are pregnant. In addition, the 2020-2025 guidelines emphasize the importance of adapting eating patterns to fit personal preferences, cultural traditions, and budgetary considerations.

One key finding to note – it’s never too late to start eating healthy! When the 20 scientists on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee reviewed all of the research, they found that health can be improved at any age with a healthy diet. So make every bite count with the Dietary Guidelines! Learn more here.  

Last updated January 26, 2021