A Food Pyramid for Children

-- from Partners, A publication of DHR, CCA, Summer 1999

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a poster with the new food guide pyramid for children ages 2 to 6 years. It is modeled after the food pyramid for adults and arranges foods according to food groups and the amount of each type of food that children should eat every day.

The grain food group is at the base and children should eat 6 servings per day of such foods as bread, rice, pasta and cereal. At the next level of the pyramid are vegetables and fruits. Children should eat 3 servings of each daily. On the third level of the pyramid are meat products and milk, children should eat 2 servings of each every day. Children should be eating less of the fats and sweets at the top of the pyramid.

The USDA is making the new and colorful poster available to parents and care-givers. Check out the USDA's Web site or order the poster and other helpful nutrition information by calling the toll-free telephone line: 800-687-2258.


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