I.                 Name of Site: Steps to a healthier you

II.             URL: http://www.mypyramid.gov/

 

III.         Brief Description of the Site:

 

According to the United States Department of Agriculture all people are not the same size.  MyPyramid plan can help everyone to choose the foods and amounts that are right for them. Make smart choices from every food group, find their balance between food and physical activity, and get the most nutrition out of their calories.

The goals of the USDA are to promote a healthier America.

 

IV.           List and description of teaching resources available through the site:

 

·        Tour MyPyramid- it is a virtual tour of the Pyramid to help give everyone a better understanding of what foods to choose, the amounts of foods, and the right about of physical activity.

·        Mini-Poster Download- View and download the MyPyramid mini-poster to learn the basics about eating healthy and physical activity.

·        Inside the Pyramid- Explore the pyramid to learn about the food groups and to see how much physical activity you should be getting.

·        Tips and Resources- Learn how to make MyPyramid work for you. Find a wealth of ideas that can help you get started toward a healthy diet. There are tips for each food group, physical activity, eating out, a sample menu, and more.

 

V.               Three Related Resource Sites:

 

1.    Nutrition - Food Pyramid Book and Game

http://www.eduref.org//cgi-bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Health/Nutrition/NUT0005.html

 

This is an easy lesson plan that gets children familiar with the food Pyramid.  It has many activities that the children can do to enhance their knowledge about the food pyramid.

 

2. Food Guide Pyramid

http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/Fpyr/pyramid.html

 

This site is a good site to learn more information about the food pyramid.  It gives lots of handouts for children to learn and understand the pyramid.  Children can make their own booklets about the food pyramid and take them home with them.  Everything can be downloaded and printed off.

 

3. Food Pyramid Bingo® Lesson Plan

http://www.smartpicks.com/Teachers/lessonplan.htm

 

This site has a great activity to get children’s minds going.  It has them play bingo by using the food pyramid.  It lets children get more familiar with what foods go where and what foods you should and should not eat.  It is a great way to have fun and learn at the same time.