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MyPlate on Parade

We love this idea we heard about on the Rochester (NY) Homepage. The local Extension Service folks put a healthy spin on spring break by hosting a fair called MyPlate on Parade…

MyPlate Healthy Eating Poster from Learning ZoneXpress"To get people to develop a healthier lifestyle," says Dora Christian, who is the Nutrition Team Coordinator at Cornell Cooperative Extension. "To begin to eat more fruits and vegetables. To get more physical activities in their daily activities."

MyPlate uses a place setting as a visual guide for what food groups your meals should contain.

"What we're doing today is taking the MyPlate logo and making it come alive for people who come here," says Christian.

There are 11 stations representing each of the food groups, everything from fruit and veggy art, to "snacking IQ," where you have to guess how much food would add up to 100 calories.

Check the Rochester site for a video for more information. It looks like a great way to get folks interested in healthy choices and to help them understand MyPlate to the extent of being able to use the techniques at home!

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