Children across America now have their own kid-friendly version of the government’s online MyPyramid Food Guidance System. Appropriately titled MyPyramid for Kids, the new website (www.mypyramid.gov/kids/index.html) offers
www.nutritionexplorations.org/kids/activities/monster.asp. MyPyramid Blast Off. Kids can reach outer space by fueling a rocket with healthy foods and physical activity. Each food group has a separate fuel tank so kids can keep track of how their choices fit into the food pyramid. www.mypyramid.gov
. “You don’t counsel; you coach.”
Simple enough to understand, but what resources are considered solid for finding expert consensus and guidelines?
The “go-to” websites recommended by the panel included the following:
www.mypyramid.gov: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPyramid offers personalized eating plans and interactive tools to help you plan or assess your food choices, based on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines
(Savage, Fisher & Birch 2007). According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), kids between the ages of 2 and 5 years have relatively high energy requirements because the average toddler grows 21/2 inches taller and gains 4–5 pounds each year (
href="http://www.mypyramid.gov" target="_blank">www.mypyramid.gov) and the American Dietetic Association (www.eatright.org) now deliver information via podcast, blogs, tweets, wall posts, RSS feeds and interactive Web games. Rather than sending clients to a website for more information (which may
fish like salmon, trout and tuna) at least twice per week; limit saturated fat, cholesterol, alcohol and sodium intake. Avoid any foods that contain trans fats. The MyPyramid website (www.mypyramid.gov) offers many helpful resources. Seek Help for Depression
Pyramid at www.mypyramid.gov.
Combine Nutrients to Ward
Off Hunger. Frequency of meals may be less important in the long run
than the actual content of your meals. To add nutrient density and increase
satiety, incorporate a source of carbohydrate, protein and fat in each meal
; limit saturated fat, cholesterol, alcohol and sodium intake. Avoid any foods that contain trans fats. Advise clients to check out the MyPyramid website (www.mypyramid.gov), which offers many resources to help people get started. If more help is needed, refer your clients to a registered dietitian