That’s the theme behind “MyPyramid,” the food guide from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). MyPyramid replaces the Food Guide Pyramid and is based on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
USDA’s MyPyramid is a personalized approach to healthy eating and physical activity. In other words, MyPyramid can help you choose the right foods for you, in the amounts that are right for you. The new symbol is designed to be simple and to remind consumers to make healthy food choices and be active every day.
Several key concepts from the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are reflected in the new MyPyramid.
The steps and the person climbing them symbolize activity and serve a reminder of the importance of physical activity every day.
Moderation is symbolized by the narrowing of each food group from bottom to top. Those groups with a wider base are those with little or no solid fats or added sugars and should be selected more often.
Proportionality is symbolized by the different widths of the food group “bands.” The widths suggest how much food a person should choose from each group, which serve as a guide, not exact proportions.
Variety is symbolized by the 6 color bands representing the 5 food groups plus healthful oils. This illustrates that foods from all groups are needed each day for good health.
Gradual improvement is encouraged by the slogan, “Steps to A Healthier You.” This suggests that everyone can benefit from taking small steps to improve their diet and lifestyle every day.
Personalization of the food pyramid is achieved through the Web site, www.MyPyramid.gov. By visiting the Web site, you can enter your own height, weight and gender, and receive a personalized food guide, complete with recommendations for physical activity.
MyPyramid was designed for the general public, and provides a basic food guide. If you have special dietary needs or have been diagnosed with a nutrition-related condition such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, renal disease, food allergies, high cholesterol or triglycerides, talk with your doctor and/or Registered Dietitian about your individual needs.
Learn more about MyPyramid, receive your own personalized food guide, and learn about the food groups at www.MyPyramid.gov.