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Start Simple with MyPlate

Make Every Bite Count

MyPlate helps translate the Dietary Guidelines for Americans’ (DGA) overarching dietary guidance principles and provides information, messages, tips, recipes and other digital and downloadable resources that WIC staff can use in their nutrition education efforts and to show participants how the foods in their WIC food packages fit into MyPlate. These include resources for participants to:

Find their starting point with the MyPlate Quiz to see how their eating habits stack up against MyPlate recommendations and get tailored resources and a personal quiz results code to sync with the Start Simple with MyPlate app.

Set simple goals based on their personal needs with the Start Simple with MyPlate App. Sync results from the MyPlate Quiz for a personalized experience.  Join challenges, see progress, and earn badges to celebrate successes.

Learn how much they should eat with a personalized MyPlate Plan (Plan de MiPlato) that takes pregnancy and breastfeeding status into account!

Find ideas for making healthy decisions about what to eat or drink from the Healthy Eating for Women Who Are Pregnant or Breastfeeding (in English and Spanish) tip sheet. 

Help put their plan into action with the Shop Simple with MyPlate app to quickly find savings in the local area and discover new ways to prepare low-cost foods. Just enter the zip code to find cost-saving opportunities in the local area, including physical and online SNAP retailers and Farmer’s Markets. This app can be accessed via a smartphone and computer or tablet.

Discover hundreds of healthy, budget-friendly recipes on MyPlate Kitchen that provide detailed nutrition and food group information to help choose recipes that fit their needs.

Get healthy eating tips on what and how to feed babies and toddlers based on their age via MyPlate on Alexa. This tool can be accessed via smartphone app or an Alexa device

Participants can also test their Food Group IQ with fun quizzes, hear healthy eating solutions from families via videos, and download Food Planning During the Coronavirus Pandemic (in English and Spanish).


Looking for DGA Materials? 

Find presentation slides, Start Simple with MyPlate Today, a shareable brochure available in Spanish, print materials, and more to help participants start on a path to healthy eating.


Resources for Professionals

MyPlate also offers resources for professionals, including promotional and educational graphics, a MyPlate Plan widget (also available in Spanish) to embed on webpages and blogs, infographics, and targeted toolkits to help communicate how to eat healthfully at every stage of life - available for: 

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion likewise offers consumer-friendly fact sheets based on the DGA for health professionals, including those for healthy eating routines and cutting down on added sugars, sodium, and saturated fat.


Click on the resulting number of calories to see personalized daily recommended amounts for each food group.

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