Food Pyramid replaced by new graphic



On June 2nd, 2011, the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (an organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture) announced a new graphic will replace the food pyramid.  The hope is that the new graphic, which appears at the right, is easier to understand.  Click on the plate to go to the website for more information, and/or use the .pdf links below to promote nutrition education.

Getting Started with MyPlate ? Begin here. [PDF]

A Brief History of USDA Food Guides ? For almost 100 years, USDA has been providing food guidance to American consumers. [PDF]

Selected messages
? Seven key consumer messages from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. [PDF]

Dietary Guidelines 2010 Consumer Brochure ? Let’s Eat for the Health of It… Build a healthy plate. Cut back on foods high in solid fats, added sugars, and salt. Eat the right amount of calories for you. Be physically active your way. [PDF]

Sample menus at 2000 calorie level ?
Current with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, these menus give an example of how all of the recommendations for food group and nutrient intake can be integrated into a weekly menu. [PDF]

Recipes ? Fifteen recipes (3 from each food group) complete with basic nutritional analyses and food group amounts. [PDF]


The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was established in 1994 to improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans. Toward this goal, the Center focuses its efforts on two primary objectives:

  1. Advance and promote dietary guidance for all Americans, and
  2. Conduct applied research and analyses in nutrition and consumer economics.

The Center’s core projects to support its objectives are the following:

  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans
  • USDA Food Guidance System (MyPlate, MyPyramid, Food Guide Pyramid)
  • Healthy Eating Index
  • U.S. Food Plans
  • Nutrient Content of the U.S. Food Supply
  • Expenditures on Children by Families

For more information on CNPP, or to get more information on these projects, please

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