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MyPyramid for Kids1

Ariadna M. Rodriguez and Linda Bobroff2

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In 2005, MyPyramid for Kids was launched with the positive slogan ”Eat Right. Exercise. Have Fun.” This new resource, targeting children ages six to eleven, is an excellent tool to help children improve their food and activity choices.

MyPyramid for Kids uses the same food groups as MyPyramid for adults. There are five basic food groups depicted by different color bands. Orange represents grains, green symbolizes vegetables, red symbolizes fruits, blue represents milk and milk products, and purple represents meats and beans. A thin yellow band is included to represent healthy oils that provide essential fatty acids. MyPyramid for Kids encourages consumption of a variety of healthful foods from each food group in proportion to the width of the food group bands. Healthier choices are foods low in solid fats and sugars, which should be most of the foods we choose from each food group.

The playing figures encourage children to be physically active every day. According to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines, children need 60 minutes of physical activity every day for good health and to decrease risk of obesity. By finding their balance between food and fun, as MyPyramid for Kids tells them, children can be on their way to a healthy lifestyle for a lifetime!

Parents who want to learn more about their children’s nutritional needs and how to make learning fun for their kids as well can find great resources and information at

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This document is FAR8047, one of a series of the Family Youth and Community Sciences Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Broadcast as program 344 in January 2007. Published on EDIS August 2012. In the interest of time and/or clarity, the broadcast version of this script may have been modified. Visit the EDIS website at


Ariadna M. Rodriguez, student, and Linda Bobroff, associate professor, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.