Balanced diets save health, money

| March 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

Kay Blakley
Defense Commissary Agency

FORT LEE, Va. — During the month of March, which is National Nutrition Month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking special steps to help folks discover what healthful eating truly means.

One USDA initiative is the MyPlate icon that is a visual cue to remind consumers to make healthful food choices.

MyPlate supports the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, features the five food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy) and points users to to learn about and apply the guidelines for themselves.

Visit the MyPlate website at to see how well you are doing. While you are there, use the SuperTracker feature to see if you are truly on the right track.

Entering all the foods you consume in one day, or even one meal, can uncover some important gaps like empty calories in foods you thought were perfectly fine choices, or point out high sodium levels where you’d least expect them to be lurking.

Make half your plate fruits and vegetables; make half your grains whole; avoid oversized portions; and enjoy your food, but eat less.

A little bit of knowledge goes a long way toward making the majority of your typical plates healthy.

Remember to purchase all your ingredients at the commissary. Saving an average of 32 percent will keep your budget as healthy as your diet.

Participate in Nutrition Month

You’re invited to snap a photo of one of your favorite MyPlate-style breakfasts, lunches or dinners to share with the USDA Flickr Photo Group at Learn more about MyPlate at Also, find healthy recipes at

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