We do not. However, we recommend using the USDA Dietary Guidelines/MyPlate. MyPlate has a Daily Checklist that shows your food group targets as well as what and how much of what to eat within your caloric allowance. Also, a SuperTracker’s MyPlan for more advance users. Both tools can be found on the choosemyplate.gov webpage.
We currently do not have an exercise plan; however, we will have a DVD offered through the SNAP program soon.
Our programs share healthy tips for picky eaters as well as a kitchen helper activity. Allowing your child(ren) to help you in the kitchen is a good way to get your child to try new foods.
FYI: If the child is healthy, growing normal and has energy, then, he/she is getting the nutrients needed. If there is still a concern, contact your child’s pediatrician.
EFNEP and SNAP programs focus on being the healthier. We recommend using the Dietary Guidelines/MyPlate information along with physical activity to achieve lifestyle changes. Remember, three key factors: 1. Make smart choices from all five food groups, 2. Find a balance between food and physical activity, and 3. Get the most nutrients out of the calories you eat. If problems are more severe, consult your doctor.
There are studies that have revealed eating more whole grains can help with weight loss in addition to helping to maintain a healthy weight. This is because foods with fiber (found in whole grains) tend to make us feel fuller, thus, lower caloric intake.
Physical activity and eating right work together with balancing calories in with calories out. Yes, you can have one without the other but you will have greater success and feel better with a combination of the two. The goal is to be a healthier you by making small lifestyle changes.
Dietary Guidelines/MyPlate recommends at least 30 minutes a day of physical activity. But, you should also remember that the program will teach you about balancing calories in with calories out along with physical activity to be a healthier you.
Water plays an important part in being a healthier you. Try to infuse your water naturally with fresh fruits. You may want to try foods and drinks with high water content such as cucumbers, celery, radishes, tomatoes, cauliflower, spinach, broccoli, fruits and coconut water. Try to consume these foods raw so the water content is not lost with cooking or baking.