New MyPlate Graphic Encourages Healthy Eating for Americans

Today, First Lady Michelle Obama and the USDA unveiled a new icon for healthy eating, the MyPlate graphic. It was an honor to be a part of it, and I'm really excited about the positive effect it will hopefully have on the way Americans eat. 

Today 1 in 3 kids are obese, which is 3 times as many as 30 years ago. We need to get fresh food into the neighborhoods and provide guidelines about how to eat well. It's about cutting salt, sugar and fat, and also exercising more. In addition to eating better today to undo the problem of obesity, we need to instill eating better for prevention.

The graphic depicts a circular dinner plate with colored sections representing healthy portions of fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein, along with a circular drinking glass on the side representing dairy.

As part of Mrs. Obama's campaign against obesity, the graphic was conceived to replace the confusing MyPyramid graphic that was released in 2005.

The MyPlate graphic is the first step in a new campaign to encourage healthy eating across the country, one that urges Americans to consume a higher percentage of fruits and vegetables in each meal, eat smaller portions, and replace sugary drinks with water.

Along with the icon comes a new website,, and an anti-obesity educational initiative that will roll out over the next year. In conjunction with Mrs. Obama's Lets Move! campaign and Chefs Move to Schools initiative, MyPlate could really help change the food and health-related issues in the US.

What do you think of the new MyPlate graphic?