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The My Plate Match Game is a fun, interactive game for kids. They build a food plate and learn:
- the names and colors of the food groups
- how to categorize foods by food group
- how many servings they need from each food group every day
- ways to be active 60 minutes per day
This popular nutrition game for kids is based on the USDA MyPlate. the 2015-20 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and CDC Physical Activity Guidelines for children ages 4 to 8 years. This 5-10 minute game can be done at home on a computer or in class using a SmartBoard to reinforce healthy eating habits. The My Plate Match Game may help children try new foods to balance their meals and snacks.
USDA food recommendations have over 100 years of history—evolving and expanding based on updated nutrition research. Food guides are meant to be a simple, visual representations of complex scientific information. The first food guide was published in 1943, called the Basic 7, replaced in 1956 with the Basic Four. The original Food Guide Pyramid was published in 1992 followed by the MyPyramid version used between 2005 and 2011. The latest visual representation of the nutrition recommendation is MyPlate.
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