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  • USDA Food Guide Pyramids
    • for Young Children 2-6 years of age
    • Other Food Guide Pyramids endorsed by USDA:
      • Bilingual Food Guide Pyramids in over 30 different languages (Georgia State University)
      • Vegetarian Diet Pyramid
      • Pyramids created by SEMDA members and dietetic students (Southeastern Michigan Dietetic Association)
        • Arabic Food Pyramid
        • Chinese Food Pyramid
        • Cuban Food Pyramid
        • Indian Food Pyramid
        • Italian Food Pyramid
        • Mexican Food Pyramid
        • Portuguese Food Pyramid
        • Russian Food Pyramid
        • Thai Food Pyramid
        • Japanese Food Pyramid
      • Spanish Daily Food Guide Flyer ("Guia Diaria de Alimentos") (created by Cooperative Extension/University of Illinois)
      • Native American Food Guide
        (created by the Association of American Indian Physicians)
    • Interactive Food Guide Pyramid




The comprehensive school nutrition services is one of the eight components in the Coordinated School Health Program model. This model stresses the integration of nutrition education with nutritious and appetizing meals, and an environment that promotes healthy dietary behaviors for all children.







"Kids heart-healthy diet gains weighed down by increasing obesity".
From USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine; Houston, Texas.

Even though kids are eating better which includes lower amounts of fat, obesity trends continue to be on the rise. Kids are still kids still consuming more than the recommended amounts of total and saturated fat. Children over the age of 2 years should have 30 percent of their diet from fat and no more than 10 percent of total calories coming from saturated fat.

Children's calorie consumption have remained fairly constant over the past 20 years. Reasons for increased obesity could be due to increased physical inactivity as well as small caloric increases that add up over time making kids heavier now than in the past.

To read the full article, please go to www.bcm.tmc.edu/cnrc.


"Daughters Follow Mom's Lead When Choosing Beverages" (Spring 2001 issue) - Young people are at an all time low for calcium consumption. Studies show encouraging results though; girls with mothers that drink milk are more likely to drink milk themselves. Mothers that drink little milk are also shown to drink more non-juice and soda beverages as well and their daughters imitate this same behavior.

This information is from the Nutrition & Your Child newsletter published by Baylor College of Medicine; Houston, Texas. You can read the full article as well as the rest of the newsletter by clicking here.




Your Child's Weight outlines common causes of weight problems in children. This new brochure from Baylor's Office of Health Promotions and the CNRC offers suggestions on how to deal with weight issues as a family, suggests strategies for success, and provides a list of additional resources.

To obtain a free copy, send your name and address to the Nutrition Information Service at the CNRC (1100 Bates St., Houston, TX 77030). Or download a copy from: www.bcm.tmc.edu/cnrc/weight.htm



The following two guidelines can be obtained from the Children with Diabetes website:

  • "Traveling with Diabetes"
  • "Guidelines for Babysitting Children with Diabetes"



Sack Lunch Magic is a part of the Michigan Dept. for Community Health's "Fit Kit." This part basically gives ideas for sack lunches that kids will like. You can obtain "Sack Lunch Magic" by calling 1(866)4FIT-KIT to order a Fit Kit, or you can visit their web site and download it at www.mdch.state.mi.us/ .



Nutrition Facts Software

Nutrition Facts is a free software that provides a simple and intuitive interface to over 6200 foods from the USDA food database. It details nutritional information for each food, including proteins, carbohydrates, and most items found on a nutritional label. It also specifies the water, caffeine and alcohol content. Please visit http://www.webmasterfree.com/software/1458.html to download the software. (The software is 1.6 Mb, so be patient as it downloads).



The Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children was developed by the USDA to help improve the diets of young children two to six years old. An adaptation of the original Food Guide Pyramid was needed because young children have unique food patterns and needs, and many young children are not eating healthful diets. In addition, early food experiences are crucial to food preferences and patterns throughout life.

The main focus of the Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children is on eating a variety of foods. Eating foods from each of the major Pyramid food groups everyday is the best way for children to grow well and be healthy. Children would also benefit from getting more variety within certain food groups, choosing more whole grains and dark green vegetables, for example.

These are public domain downloadable food guide pyramid graphics (in PDF format).

  • Large -- Poster Size, 25" x 35" Color (400 KiloBytes)
  • Small -- 8 1/2" x 11" Color (200 KiloBytes)
  • Small-- 8 1/2" x 11" Black &White (200 KiloBytes)
  • Small-- 8 1/2" x 11" Line Art B&W (200 KiloBytes)
  • Small-- 8 1/2" x 11" Line Art B&W with grey shades (200 KiloBytes)

"Tips for Using the Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children" Booklet - A 1 megabyte downloadable PDF file** can be downloaded. Please be patient since this is a large file . This is also available through the Government Printing Office by calling (202) 512-1800 and asking for stock number 001-00004665-9. Price is $5.00.


**To read or print this PDF file , you may need to download and install the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader



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