Use the information below as guidelines for nutritious foods and living a healthy lifestyle.
Eating well during the early years is key for a healthy start to life. Children
grow fast, which means infants, toddlers, and preschoolers all have different and
unique needs. It’s important to understand and prepare for the different stages
of change in feeding.
When it comes to eating, parents play an important role in what, when, and how often
children eat. Children get to decide how much they want to eat. Parents have other
responsibilities too, to help children develop a healthy lifestyle long term.
As a parent, it’s your job to help your child reach and stay at a healthy weight.
A healthy weight is all about balancing energy needs with the energy kids eat.
All foods have proper portions—sizes that are “right” for each type of food. To
help you picture right portion sizes, compare foods to common household items.
Steps to a healthier family and a healthier you!
Find out how MyPlate is tailored to meet a pregnant woman's needs.
Whether you're exclusively or partially breastfeeding your infant, remember, you
have special nutritional needs that help your baby grow. Discover more with a click.
Always on the go, preschoolers have high energy and nutrient demands. Click here
to keep up with their changing needs.
Moms have special needs too. Click here to learn how moms can fuel their days and
manage their weight at the same time.
MyPlate is all about making healthy choices from a variety of nutritious foods
and being active every day. It’s about getting the most nutrition out of the calories
you eat and staying within your daily calorie needs. It’s simple and personalized
and based on what you need. Needs change with age, size, and activity level—and whether or
not you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Children have changing needs too.
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