Good nutrition leads to great academic performance.
Protein: choose a variety of foods with lean protein. Protein is a vital source of energy and is needed to build and repair tissue.
Grains: make half of all the grains you eat whole grains. Grains are an important source of many B vitamins, magnesium and selenium.
Fruits & Vegetables: fill at least half of your plate with fruits and vegetables. Eating fruits and vegetables provides nutrients that are vital for the health and maintenance of your body.
Dairy: Choose fat-free or low-fat milk. Milk and dairy products are especially important to bone health during the school-aged years and are an important source of calcium, potassium and vitamin D.
My Plate provides practical information to individuals to help consumers build healthier diets and provides resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education and other user-friendly nutrition information. MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet. For more information please visit: MyPlate
USDA Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion
The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) was established in 1994 to improve the nutrition and overall well-being of Americans. CNPP focuses its efforts on two primary objectives:
- Advance and promote dietary guidelines for all Americans
- Conduct applied research and analysis in nutrition and consumer economics
CNPP's Core Projects Support the following Objectives
- Dietary Guidelines for Americans
- USDA Food Guidance System (MyPlate, MyPyramid, Food Guide Pyramid)
- Healthy Eating Index
- U.S Food Plans
- Nutrient Content of the U.S Food Supply
- Expenditures on Children by Families