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MyPlate.gov Assignment
Directions: In 2011 the USDA came out with MyPlate.gov, a way to help Americans live a
more healthy life. In this assignment you will explore the site and see how it can help you live
a healthy life.
1.

Log onto the internet and type in the address: MyPlate.gov. Along the top of the page
find the tab that says SuperTracker and Other Tools. Click on that tab. On the left click
on Daily Food Plans. Read the paragraph and click on the first link.

2.

Fill in your age, sex, weight, height and physical activity. Hit the submit button.

3.

This page has information that is appropriate for your body. Answer the following
questions:
How many calories should
How many ounces of grains?
you eat?
How many cups of
How many cups of fruit?
vegetables?
How many cups of dairy?
How many ounces of protein?
How much oil?

4.

How many empty calories?

Click on the link that tells you how much oil you should consume. READ THE
INFORMATION. Answer the following questions:
What are oils?
What are 3 oils high
in saturated fats?
What are solid fats?
What are 3 solid
fats?

5.

On the left, click on the Food Groups Overview link. Fill in the following blanks.
_______________ on fruits
________________ your veggies
Make at least ______________ your grains whole
Go _____________ with protein

Get your ________________ rich foods


6.

Find the Empty Calories link and click on it. READ THE INFORMATION. Answer the
following questions:
Explain empty calories:
List 4 foods that provide the most empty calories for Americans
1.
2.
3.
4.
List 2 foods that are all empty calories
1.
2.
List 2 foods with some empty calories and a better choice
1.
2.

7.

Click on the Physical Activity tab at the top of the page. Click on the link that says
What is Physical Activity? READ THE INFORMATION. Answer the following:
What are 3 examples of moderate activity?
1.
2.
3.
What are 3 examples of vigorous activity?
1.
2.
3.
On the left of the screen click on the link that says How Much is Needed? The second
paragraph explains how much exercise children and teenagers should get. How much
should they get?_____________________________
On the left of the screen click on the link that says How Many Calories Can I Burn?
Click on the link to see the chart. How many calories would the man use in 1 hour of
hiking?_________
Close the chart. On the left of the screen, click on the link that says Tips for Increasing
Physical Activity READ THE INFORMATION. Answer the following questions:
List 2 ways to increase physical activity at home:
1.
2.
List 2 ways to increase your physical activity at school. (Think about it )
1.
2.

8.

Now track your diet. At the top click on SuperTracker and Other Tools. Then click on
the blue SuperTracker link in the paragraph. Click on Create your profile button at the
right of the screen.

9.
Fill in the requested
information. (Steps 1-3) Record
your User ID and password here
so you dont forget:
User
ID:______________________
Now click here:

10.

Password:______________________

Enter the food item in the search menu. Then click on: Go. A list of possible food
choices will appear below the search menu on the left hand side of the screen. Click on
the food item that is the closest to what you are thinking. Type in the amount you ate
and for which meal click Add. This will add that particular food item to your list. If you
make a mistake, you can remove an item by simply clicking on the Remove button or
you can Edit it. Continue until you have completed the entire day.

11.

When it is all compete fill in the information on the following page about your diet.

Results
Fill in the following information

Daily Calorie Limit

Daily Food Group Targets


Grains

Allowance
Eaten
Remaining

Vegetable
s

Fruits

Dairy

Protein

Target
Eaten
Status

Enter the food


type here
100% _____________________________________________________________________
of target
75%

_____________________________________________________________________

50%

_____________________________________________________________________

25%

_____________________________________________________________________

0%

_____________________________________________________________________
_____%
Grains

_____%
Vegetables

_____%
Fruits

_____%
Dairy

______%

Protein

Daily Limits
Empty Calories Eaten:_________ Empty Calories Limit:__________
Did you go over empty calories? _____________
Oils Eaten:____________
Oils Limit:_______________
Did you go over on oils?________________
Saturated Fat Eaten:__________ Saturated Fat
Limit:___________
Did you go over on saturated fat?_______________
Sodium Eaten:______________ Sodium
Limit:________________

12.

Scroll over the My Reports tab at the top. In the drop down click on Nutrients
Report. Fill in the following information.

Nutrient Report
Nutrients

Target

Average Eaten

Status

Target

Average Eaten

Status

Target

Average Eaten

Status

Total Calories
Protein (g)
Protein (% Calories)
Carbohydrates (g)
Carbohydrates (% Calories)
Dietary Fiber
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Monounsaturated Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
Cholesterol

Minerals
Calcium
Potassium
Sodium
Iron
Magnesium
Phosphorus
Zinc

Vitamins
Vitamin A
Vitamin B6
Vitamin B12
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Vitamin E
Vitamin K
Thiamin
Riboflavin
Niacin