MyPlate, MyWins for Families
MyPlate, MyWins is all about finding a healthy eating style that works for your family and fits with your everyday life. The MyPlate icon is a reminder to make
healthy choices from each of the five food groups, and there are many small changes you can make that add up to big success over time. Here you’ll find fun, practical tips and tools that have
worked for other families. Give some a try, and discover “wins” for your own family.
Not sure where to start? Here are resources your family can use for ideas:
Hear from real families who are making healthy eating a reality in these videos. For example, follow Shelley and her two-year-old as she sets her family up for success by making little
changes to her son’s diet, or see how Rocio teaches her four boys about the value of nutrition.
Family-Friendly Recipe Ideas
Check out the What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl for healthy, budget-friendly recipes you can prepare with your family.
Information About Local Foods
Learn more about the foods grown in your state, and get kids excited about trying hometown flavors.
Healthy Eating on a Budget
Use these tips and materials to make healthy choices while staying within your budget.
Learn More About School Meals
Schools today are focusing on offering a variety of fruit and vegetables and serving healthy recipes. Check out these resources to learn more about why
school meals are a great choice:
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How can families help their children and teens eat healthy at school?
Try new foods at home. Kids need many opportunities to taste a new food to “get used to it.”
Eat lunch at school with your child. Learn more about what’s offered and meet school nutrition staff.
Encourage your child or teen to join in taste-testing events or surveys about school lunch, when available.
Talk with your child about what’s on the menu. Make sure they know about all the foods that are included in their school
And during the summer, USDA’s Summer Food Service Program ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when
school is not in session. Learn more here.
Additional Resources for Health Professionals
Activities to Do With Kids
Are you looking for fun ways to teach kids about healthy eating? Try these activities, with free printables, to get the whole family on board with making healthier
Preschool and Elementary-Aged Kids
Kids are much more likely to try new foods when they get to take the lead. In this fun game, kids get to pick a new food at the grocery
store, taste it, and rate it like a food critic.
Grocery Store Bingo
Make your weekly errand an opportunity for your kids to learn about new foods and healthy eating choices with this printable bingo
Food Art (coming soon)
Show kids that healthy foods can be beautiful and appetizing. Check out these food art examples to inspire your creativity.
Dance Party (MP3)
Get moving and have fun with this tune that teaches kids about the 5 food groups in an upbeat way. For a fun twist, have kids make up a
signature dance move for each food group and do it each time that food group is mentioned.
MyPlate Printable Activities and Coloring Sheets
Print these activity sheets for kids to learn more about healthy eating, including a coloring page, word scramble, crossword puzzle and
Blast Off Game
In this online game, kids must fuel up their MyPlate spaceship with smart food choices and physical activity to fly to Planet
Tweens and Teens
Let the kid(s) be the chef. Kids get to plan out the meal, design a menu for you, and prepare the dish. Use this printable template to get
The SuperTracker interactive tool is a great way for kids to find out what and how much to eat and track their foods. You can also use
SuperTracker to create an interactive MyPlate Challenge for your family. Encourage healthy eating and physical activity through friendly competition.
MyPlate Checklist Calculator
Enter your age, sex, height, weight, and physical activity level to get a personalized daily food plan showing what and how much to eat
within your calorie allowance.
Grow a Garden
Get tweens and teens involved in family meals with gardening. You can start small, with a window herb box in your kitchen or a garden in
Learn Where Your Food Comes From
Helping kids learn about the source of their food and the people who produce it may motivate them to make healthy choices. Attend a local
farmer’s market or farm stand as a family and gather ingredients for a meal to cook together. Find a market near you!
Tip Sheets for Teens
Young people experience many changes during their tween and teen years. Building healthy food and physical activity habits will help them
now and as they enter adulthood. These tips can help them take charge and learn to make their own choices.
- 10 Tips for Girls: Eat Smart and Be Active as You Grow
- 10 Tips for Boys: Choose the Foods You Need to Grow
Summer Food, Summer Moves Activity Guides for Families
These guides provide tons of great ideas to help families be active and maintain healthy eating patterns while school is out.
Family Mealtimes Fun
Sitting down together for a meal whenever you can is a great way to connect with your family. Keeping it relaxed is key to making sure you are getting the most out
of this time together, including talking, laughing and choosing healthy foods. Here are some tips from families for making meals more relaxed in your home:
Remove distractions. Turn off the television and put away phones and tablets, so that your attention is on each other.
Talk to each other. Focus conversation on what family members did during the day, for example, what made you laugh or what you did
for fun. Other conversation starters include:
Give each family member the spotlight to share their highlight, lowlight, and “funnylight” from the day or week.
If our family lived in a zoo, what animals would we be and why?
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have one food to eat, what would it be and why?
on traditions. Tell children about the “good old days” such as foods grandma made that you loved to eat.
Let kids make choices. Set a healthy table and let everyone, including the kids, make choices about what they want and how much to
Let everyone help. Kids learn by doing. The little one might get the napkins and older kids help with fixing foods and clean‐up.
Make-your-own dishes like tacos, mini pizzas, and yogurt parfaits get everyone involved in meal time.
On nice days, opt for a change of scenery. For example, go to a nearby park for a dinner picnic.
Reserve a special plate to rotate between family members, for example on birthdays, when someone gets a good grade, or any other
occasion you’d like to recognize.