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FOR RELEASE: May 24 , 2005
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Anatomy of MyPyramid…One Size Doesn’t Fit All
Nutrition Guide is Personalized

One size does not fit all when it comes to nutrient and calorie needs. This is one reason that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) unveiled MyPyramid in April. MyPyramid is a new food guidance system based on an updated and revised version of the 1992 Food Guide Pyramid.

USDA’s MyPyramid symbolizes a personalized approach to healthy eating and physical activity. The new symbol reminds consumers to make healthy food choices and be active every day. A personalized format sets MyPyramid apart from previous food guidance systems, according to officials at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH).

“MyPyramid gives Oklahomans the ability to personalize their approach to nutrition and exercise,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Crutcher. “Many Oklahomans can dramatically improve their overall health by making modest improvements in their diets and by incorporating regular physical activity into their daily lives.”

The MyPyramid system can be accessed through this Web site: http://www.MyPyramid.gov. Using interactive Internet technology, individuals are encouraged to key in their age, gender, and physical activity level. In return, they receive personal recommendations for calorie and nutrient needs in a printer-friendly format.

MyPyramid attempts to spread six key messages:

  • Focus on fruits.
  • Vary your veggies.
  • Get your calcium-rich foods.
  • Make half your grains whole.
  • Go lean with protein. Find a balance between food and physical activity.

The messages are consistent with the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which were released by the USDA and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in January.

Plans are underway to add a child-friendly version of MyPyramid to the existing Web site. In addition, the Web site will soon provide consumers the opportunity to look at everyday portions of favorite foods and adjust their choices to meet daily needs.

To learn more about MyPyramid, contact Melissa Adair, WIC relations and information specialist, at 405/271-4676 ext. 50027.

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