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• November 2015 •

Create a Journal

Since 1994, the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, a division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), has been striving to improve the nutrition and general well being of all Americans. One of the most renowned resources that the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion has used to enforce its teachings is the Food Guide Pyramid. Recently, the Food Guide Pyramid was replaced by a plate, MyPlate, which is designed to be simpler and easier to understand.

November is Good Nutrition Month. Use MyPlate to customize your own healthy strategy. Then, keep a daily journal for one week of everything you've learned from the MyPlate plan and how you have been implementing it into your daily routine. You journal entries should include the following information:

  • Which foods MyPlate thinks would be best for you based upon your age, gender, and amount of daily physical activity
  • Your daily physical activities, including but not limited to, gym class, sports team practice, walking to or home from school
  • Which foods you eat throughout the day, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and any snacks in between

Your final journal entry should be a 300-word summary of the past week, including any noticeable changes you've experienced both physically and mentally. You should also state whether or not you plan to enforce the MyPlate plan in your everyday life.

Once you finish your journal, share it with your classmates so they too can learn how to lead a healthier lifestyle.