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Bala Michael Wambebe
11Th September, 2012
Nutrition and Diet Therapy
Homework #1-ChooseMyPlate

For me personally, I find http://www.choosemyplate.gov be a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we’re eating. I can already tell how much this is going to help people across the United States. The MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein and dairy food groups. With so many food options available to consumers, it is often difficult to determine the best foods to put on our plates when building a healthy meal. MyPlate is an uncomplicated symbol to help remind people to think about their food choices in order to lead healthier lifestyles. This effort is about more than just giving information; it is a matter of making people understand there are options and practical ways to apply them to their daily lives.

More importantly, the ChooseMyPlate.gov website provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build a healthier diet with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information. As Americans are experiencing epidemic rates of overweight and obesity, the online resources and tools can empower people to make healthier food choices for themselves, their families, and their children. However, as I kept on taking a tour of the website I came across this information that in December 2011, USDA released its new SuperTracker, a comprehensive online tool that consumers can use to personalize and manage their dietary and physical activity choices. Also, 6 months since its launch, there are over 750,000 registered SuperTracker users. That made me realized thet some people really care about their well-being.

Nevertheless, The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) has instituted a multi-year campaign that started with “Make Half Your Plate Fruits and...
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