Every January, Americans are overloaded with information about New Year’s resolutions. While starting with the best intentions, many people set unrealistic resolutions and incorporate goals that are difficult to maintain. Starting with small steps and celebrating milestones along the way are shown to be more beneficial strategies in keeping resolutions. This is were MyPlate, MyWins comes ; MyPlate, MyWins is a resource to help Americans turn resolutions into real solutions to achieve a healthy eating style in alignment with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020.
What Are Real Solutions?
Real solutions are small, practical changes that add up to a healthy lifestyle over time. These changes can be incorporated into Americans’ lives to maintain a healthy eating style based on the five food groups of MyPlate.
- MyPlate, MyWins encourages consumers to find and celebrate their wins and their real solutions.
- Helps individuals create their own, personalized nutrition goals and solutions.
- Can help you gain nutritional knowledge that can be beneficial to your whole family
New Year, New You
Over the course of five weeks as a part of the New Year campaign, USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion will release five MyPlate, MyWins animated videos to the new Make Small Changes webpage. These short, animated videos demonstrate simple changes Americans can make to their typical meals to decrease sodium, saturated fat, and added sugars. Each video has a different theme including breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and beverages. The videos demonstrate to Americans that small, healthy changes, or switches, during meal and snack times can add up over time and improve your eating style.
Meal Specific Webpages
To supplement these videos, there are new, meal specific webpages with nutrition information. The webpages include more examples of small ways to improve typical meals, and five new MyPlate,MyWins tip sheets. The tip sheets provide suggestions for making healthier choices in typical dining environments: potlucks and parties, coffee shops, buffets, Italian restaurants, and Asian cuisine takeout. All of these resources can help consumers utilize real solutions in their typical day to achieve nutrition goals and maintain a healthy eating style now and into the future.
Please visit MyPlate,MyWins to learn more about achieving real solutions and celebrating wins in the New Year at https://www.choosemyplate.gov/myplate-mywins or contact your local Extension Office.
Lori Wiggins- UF/IFAS Extension Agent III