Get Ready for New Nutrition Facts

We’ve been seeing the new Nutrition Facts label on more and more products in the supermarket. It’s required to be on all food packages by 2020 for larger manufacturers and 2021 for smaller ones. So now is the time to start teaching people how to make the most of the information the new label provides.

Our Get More From a Nutrition Facts Label poster breaks things up into five teachable chunks:

  • Calories and serving size
  • Heart health
  • Added sugars and fiber
  • Nutrients
  • % Daily Value

These five topics make it easy to teach the food label in a variety of ways, depending on your audience, time, and setting:

  • Cover everything in one lesson.
  • Teach five separate lessons.
  • Break a large group up into five teams, and let each team teach the group about their assigned Nutrition Facts topic.
  • Declare your own Nutrition Facts week and set up a display in the cafeteria or your office; focus on a different Nutrition Facts topic each weekday.

Whether you’re working one-on-one with a client, teaching a class, or doing a health fair, you’ll want to have some food labels from actual products on hand:

  1. Build your own collection of food packages that have the new Nutrition Facts label. Ask friends and family to save everything from cereal boxes to yogurt containers to protein bar wrappers.
  2. Take pictures of food packages that have the new Nutrition Facts label. You can use these in a PowerPoint presentation or print them out and laminate them. These are easier to carry around than bulky food packages.
  3. If you’re looking for specific brands, check manufacturer websites and print out the Nutrition Facts label for the products you want to focus on.

Don’t forget to order some of our I Know How to Read a Food Label stickers to hand out to your participants!

School’s Out!

School’s out for summer, but kids can’t afford to take a break from healthy eating and staying active. Remind them to be active for 60 minutes a day and eat the MyPlate way with our MyPlate Kids and Physical Activity materials.

The MyPlate Kids Activity poster shows the many ways to get moving for 60 minutes every day, from stretching to walking the dog to playing a sport and more. There’s bound to be something that appeals to every child and inspires them to be active.

With the MyPlate graphic front and center, our materials will also remind kids to make each meal balanced, starting with plenty of high-fiber, nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables.

If you’re at a health fair, in the classroom, or anywhere with kids, try one of these activities to get them moving, having fun, and learning:

  • Put a colored dot on one side of small index cards, using the MyPlate colors (red, orange, green, purple, and blue). Turn the cards over so no one can see the colored dots. Let kids pick an index card to see what color they got. Then ask a series of questions, depending on their age and how much time you have. For example, if they pick red:
    • What foods are in the red group? Answer: Fruit.
    • What is your favorite fruit? Answer: Apples.
    • What does the word apple start with? Answer: A.
    • “Pretend your finger is a pencil and draw a huge A in the air.”
  • For older kids, do the above activity, but have them “spell” out the whole name of the food. For fun, change it up – “pretend your foot/elbow/nose/knee is a pencil and draw a huge A in the air.”
  • Write a variety of activities on index cards (different sports, running, jumping rope, hopping on one foot, etc). Each child picks an index card and does that activity in place (pretend to swing a bat, throw a ball, hop, etc).

Kids who participate can take home a Kids Activity and MyPlate bookmark to remind them to stay active and eat right all summer long.