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My Pyramid Meaning: Proportionality

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My Pyramid Meaning: Proportionality
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Claudia Peñuela
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University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences, EDIS
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"First published October 2010."
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Title:
My Pyramid Meaning: Proportionality
Physical Description:
Fact sheet
Creator:
Claudia Peñuela
Publisher:
University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences, EDIS
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date:

Notes

Acquisition:
Collected for University of Florida's Institutional Repository by the UFIR Self-Submittal tool. Submitted by Melanie Mercer.
Publication Status:
Published
General Note:
"First published October 2010."
General Note:
"FCS8929"

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Source Institution:
University of Florida Institutional Repository
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University of Florida
Rights Management:
All rights reserved by the submitter.
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FCS8929 1. This document is FCS8929 one of a series of the Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Univers ity of Florida. First published October 2010 2. Claudia Peuela, EFNEP Assistant in Nutrition and Karla P. Shelnutt, PhD, RD, assistant professor Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences; Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences; University of Florida; Gainesville, FL 32611 The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with nondiscrim ination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, Universi ty of Florida, IFAS, Florida A.& M. University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Millie Ferrer Chancy Interim Dean. MyPyramid Message: Proportionality 1 Claudia Peuela and Karla P. Shelnutt2 Proportionality is represented in the MyPyramid symbol by the width of the bands. Proportionality is important in order to eat the right amount of food from each food group. We should generally eat more food from the food groups with wider bands and eat less food from the food groups with narrower bands. T he widths are guidelines and not exact proportions. Re member that it is important to consume an adequate amount of food from each food group. No group is more important than another, and they all contain different nutrients needed for good health. In order to determine how much food from each food group is right for you, personalize an eating plan based on your age, sex, and level of daily physical activity at http://mypyramid.gov Ways to Practice Proportionality to Balance Your Diet According to the concept of proportionality, as a general guide follow these tips: Each time you prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner, eat more foods from the widest food group bands which are Grains (orange), Vegetables (green), Milk (blue), F ruits (red) and Meat and Beans (purple) When serving meals, make sure that the smallest portion of food is from the narrowe r food group band, which is the Meat and B eans group (purple). When preparing meals, use minimal amounts of oil. The O ils (yellow) band has the smallest width in MyPyramid but is not a food group. Choose snacks from the food groups th at come up short in your meals. No w, if you know your recommended amounts from http://mypyramid.gov f ollow these tips Try to use these recommendations to balance your meal and snack choices to get the right amount of fo ods for you. Tracking your food choices over the course of the week is a great way to measure consumption, modify when necessary and follow MyPyramid recommend ations. Your food choices do not have to perfectly fit your personal ized MyPyramid recommendations every day If you eat more of one group one day, ju st eat less the next day.

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MyPyramid Me ssage: Proportionality page 2 October 2010 L ets Try a Proportionality Test 1. What group should you eat the most from? ______________________________ 2. Is this group represented by the widest band in MyPyramid? Circle your answer. Yes No 3. What group should you eat the least from? ___________________________ 4. Is this group one of the narrowest bands in MyPyramid? Circle yo ur answer. Yes No 5. Are you eating enough fruits and vegetables each day ? Circle the answer Yes No If any of your answers were No, review the ways to practice proportionality to balance your diet. References United States Department of Agriculture, MyPyramid.gov. MyPyramid Basics [Online]. Available at http://www.mypyramid.gov/