5 Ways to Use Our MyPlate Adult Coloring Books

Have you ever thought about using adult coloring books with your clients or patients? Coloring can be meditative. It takes your mind off your worries. It relaxes the brain. And with our unique MyPlate adult coloring book, you get the added benefit of being exposed to healthy messages and images of healthy foods!

We have five ideas for how you can use our MyPlate coloring book, which is geared toward adults and teens:

  • Color-while-you-wait. In a waiting area, set up a table with a few of our MyPlate coloring books and a mug or two filled with sharpened colored pencils. Add a sign that invites people to sit down and color, even if it’s only for a few minutes. Maybe something like this: “Stressed out? Relax with some coloring!”
  • Color-for-a-tough-audience. Have you ever been asked to teach a healthy eating class and the audience is restless or just not that interested? We’ve all been there! Maybe it’s a group of high school students who have other things on their minds, a lunch-and-learn with stressed out employees, or an evening class where people are tired. Flip the switch with some MyPlate coloring!
  • Color-to-recharge. Teaching a seminar or workshop? When you give participants a restroom break, add an extra five minutes for some MyPlate coloring.
  • Color-to-recover. Coloring is great for patients recovering from surgery. It gives their brains something to concentrate on besides pain, discomfort, boredom, or worry.
  • Color-giveaway. Use our MyPlate adult coloring books as prizes at health fairs, biometric screenings, open houses, and other events.

And don’t forget to save one for yourself — your brain deserves a break, too!

See our free coloring sheet here in our nutrition month theme.

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.