I’d like to talk about some great tools and resources to help you with your health and wellness goals. They are called MyPlate and SuperTracker, both created by the USDA to help Americans achieve a healthy lifestyle.
What is MyPlate?
“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 ChooseMyPlate.gov. The new MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein foods, and dairy groups.”
“ChooseMyPlate.gov provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets 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.”
– MyPlate Official Website
Essentially, MyPlate is the new Food Guide Pyramid of today. Their website is full of healthy eating tips, examples, recipes, menus, and budget-friendly meal plans. They have a great “10 Tips Nutrition Education Series” that often inspires the articles posted on this blog!
What is SuperTracker?
SuperTracker is an extension of MyPlate, but it can be personalized to fit your individual needs. Once you create a profile, you are given a recommended daily food intake according to MyPlate standards and sample meal plans. You can track your eating with over 8,000 foods to choose from, including the option to add your own recipes. These foods have their caloric content and levels of macronutrients listed so you can see how you’re keeping up with the MyPlate recommendations.
But that’s not all, folks!
With SuperTracker, you can also track your physical activity and weight. There is an option to set your Top 5 Goals and sign up for tips and support on how to reach said goals, which vary from weight management, to weekly amount of physical activity, to specific nutrient intakes and limits.
Needless to say, I was very excited to try out these websites. I highly recommend them to anyone wanting more nutrient guidance or simply more awareness of their diet and exercise. I have attached links to both of these websites along the sidebar, underneath “Blogroll.” Check them out and tell me what you think! Happy Painting!