Touting the slogan “Eat Right, Exercise, Have Fun,” MyPyramid for Kids, a child-friendly version of the new 2005 MyPyramid Food Guidance System is now available. The new MyPyramid for Kids symbol represents recommended proportion sizes and food choices, along with the importance of making exercise part of a child’s daily regime.

The key messages of MyPyramid for Kids are:

  • Be physically active every day — The child climbing the steps is to remind children that physical activity should be a daily event.
  • Choose healthy foods from each group — Every food group has foods that kids should eat more frequently than others.
  • Eat more of some food groups than others — The different size stripes suggest how much food a child should consume from each group.
  • Eat foods from every food group every day — The different colors of the pyramid represent the five different food groups, plus oils.
  • Make the right choices for you — www.MyPyramid.gov gives everyone in the family personal ideas on how to eat better and exercise more.
  • Take it one step at a time — Start with one new event or good food a day. Then add another new one every day.

The kid-friendly version of USDA’s dietary guidelines provides the pork industry an excellent educational opportunity. Producers also can arrange visits to their local schools to educate children and teachers on how pork can be an integral part of a healthy diet.

To learn more about USDA’s guidelines, go to: www.mypyramid.gov/kids/