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Getting Started with MyPlate

First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled the federal government’s new food icon, June 2, 2011. MyPlate, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices. MyPlate is a new generation icon with the intent to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times and to seek more information to help them do that by going to www.ChooseMyPlate.gov. The MyPlate icon (shown below) emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein and dairy food groups.


The USDA has ChooseMyPlate Spanish materials, also. If you are interested in Spanish MyPlate materials, be sure to check Kansas State University's Snap-Ed program MyPlate handouts.

The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines were released Jan. 7, 2016 and is designed to help Americans eat a healthier diet. Intended for policymakers and health professionals, this edition of the Dietary Guidelines outlines how people can improve their overall eating patterns — the complete combination of foods and drinks in their diet. This edition offers 5 overarching Guidelines and a number of Key Recommendations with specific nutritional targets and dietary limits.


 K-State Research and Extension has been developing materials to help you build a healthy plate. Please check back as we will be adding more materials.

Contact the Kansas SNAP-Ed Program (785-532-5616) for Kansas State University MyPlate materials in English and Spanish for your use.

If you have questions or concerns about this page, please contact our office at 785-532-5782, or contact Shelly Burklund (sburklun@ksu.edu)