As health professionals, we know there are many tools out there available for your practice to help patients or clients adapt to a healthier lifestyle. One helpful, but sometimes underutilized tool is MyPlate.gov. MyPlate.gov offers an entire section for health professionals along with peer-to-peer education framework and PowerPoint presentations.
As you may already know, the MyPlate icon is part of a larger communications initiative based on 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to help consumers make better food choices and also remind Americans to eat healthfully. It is not intended to change consumer behavior alone. It illustrates the five food groups divided into recommended proportions using a familiar mealtime visual – a place setting.
Along with information for health professionals, MyPlate.gov includes client-friendly handouts and weight management tools that can be useful when teaching clients ways to change their eating habits.
Over the next three Wednesdays, we’ll highlight information and resources available to health professionals on MyPlate.gov, including:
- How to use the tools to build a healthy plate
- Healthy Eating on a budget
- Weight Management and Calorie tracker tools
Have you used MyPlate in your practice? If so, was it useful to you and your clients?