The concept of MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image—a place setting for a meal.
Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate.
The key components of the ChooseMyPlate concept is to make sure that half of the plate is fill of fruits and vegetables, with a little less than a quarter being lean proteins, the balance being whole grains and your dairy choices should be low fat. It's that easy!
The new guidelines focus on 3 key areas...
Enjoy your food, but eat less
Avoid over sized portions
Foods to Increase
Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
Make at least half your grains whole grains
Go lean with protein
Eat calcium rich foods and switch to fat-free or low fat (1%) milk
Foods to Reduce
Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals and choose the foods with lower numbers
Drink water instead of sugary drinks
Visit the ChooseMyPlate.gov website to learn more about healthy eating with tips, videos, diet plans, games, activities and a nutrition and fitness tracking calculator.
SuperTracker - your personal Nutrition and Fitness tracking tool
Get on track to a new healthier you...it's time to create your own personal nutrition and fitness plan using the new USDA SuperTracker.
This new nutrition and fitness tracking tool combines the simplicity of the ChooseMyPlate visual diagram for recommended foods with the importance of getting a healthy dose of physical activity heralded in the Let's Move campaign.
You can track what you eat, record minutes of exercise, watch your weight, and then best of all, track your progress through a series of easy to use graphical calculators and reports.
Think of the SuperTracker as your very own personal trainer that helps you put together your personal health plan, setting personal health and fitness goals, and then tracks and coaches your progress.
When setting up your personal profile you can customize the activities you like to do and the duration you like to do them. SuperTracker is the complete package.
The MyPlate Kid's Place is a brand new section of the ChooseMyPlate website that is packed full of interactive resources designed to keep today's tech savy kids engaged and entertained...all while learning about nutrition and how to stay physically fit.
Full of games, activities, songs and videos parents love it too!
The ChooseMyPlate concept was released June 2, 2011 by First Lady Michelle Obama, and the USDA under the leadership of Tom Vislack, Secretary of Agriculture. The old Food Pyramid has been replaced with new
simpler concept of ChooseMyPlate. This simple plate method of meal planning has long been used by dieticians and provides an easy familiar graphic of the dinner plate to help better understand the 2010 Dietary Guidelines of how we should be choosing a healthy diet. Click on www.ChooseMyPlate.gov to see more info.
HESD School Closures
Hanford Elementary Schools will be closed starting Monday, March 16 through Friday, May 1st with classes tentatively resuming Monday, May 4th. This is a difficult decision, but necessary, as we try to slow the spread of the virus. This closure is intended to protect the health of our students and staff members.
HESD will continue to provide meal service during the closure of our schools. Meals are served Monday – Friday from 11:00 – 12:30 p.m. at the following HESD school sites: Lincoln Elementary, MLK Elementary, Monroe Elementary & JFK Junior High School. Any child ages 0 – 18 may get a meal at any of our sites. Children must be present to receive the meal. The only days meal service will not be provide is Friday, April 10th and Monday, April 13th.
Distance learning is underway for our HESD students. Laptops for students in grades 3 – 8 are in the process of being handed out. Schools sites will be communicating their schedules for laptop distribution to their families. Work packets will continue and new ones will be available after Spring Break. Communication will come out when those new packets will be available. Additionally, teachers may be reaching out to students by phone, please consider answering an unknown number.
Once again, please refer to our website at www.hanfordesd.org for updates. Thank you for your understanding and support during this challenging time in our State and Nation.