MyPlate, Meet ‘Colorful Plates’… Helping Kids Be Healthy

June 3, 2011

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MyPlate is a fun, simplistic way to help kids be healthy. Colorful Plates is just one part of a toolkit developed especially for you to start implementing the new MyPlate today! Use Colorful Plates to help kids and families find ways to color their plates with more fruits and vegetables every day. Here’s an example of the simple tips you’ll find:

1. Follow the Leader. Be a role model when it comes to eating fruits and vegetables.

2. Ask the Kids. Talk to your kids before doing the grocery shopping about what they like and don’t like. Bring them along to the store and let them pick out some of their favorite fruits and vegetables.

3. Follow the Rainbow. Encourage your kids to eat one fruit or vegetable daily from each of the five major color groups: red, yellow/orange, green, blue/purple white.

These and more tips are part of the Healthy Kids Challenge-CIGNA Mix 6 for Healthy Balance Toolkit, and can be downloaded as a handout called Colorful Plates: Helping Kids Eat Healthier. You may also like activities such as Fruit Face, Grocery Store Detective, and House Hunter, which can be found in the toolkit’s Colorful Plates section.

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