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Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass

Compass is a digital narrative with stories, pictures and video about USDA’s support for local and regional food projects and successful producer and community case studies. An interactive mapdisplays various ways and places where initiatives have made an impact.


USDA Launches MiPlato, a Spanish Language Version of MyPlate
Recently announced, MiPlato is a visual reminder to help Spanish-speaking consumers make healthier food choices. See MyPlate materials available in Spanish.


Keep New Year's resolutions on track with this all-inclusive Web guide to achieving a healthy weight. Find tips, workbooks, assessment tools, and menu planners. See Nutrition.gov's Weight Management page for more.


Based on research and best practices, the CDC recently released nine guidelines and implementation strategies for promoting healthy eating and physical activity in schools.


For public health researchers, this searchable online registry provides nearly 750 measures (or tools) and resources to help standardize childhood obesity research efforts. See the related Catalogue of Surveillance Systems.


What does YOUR MyPlate look like? Create a short video showing how to build a healthy plate with fruits and veggies on a budget and you could win!


On Thursday, June 2, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack will unveil a new food icon to replace the MyPyramid image that will help consumers make healthier food choices.


Reach for the produce packages at the front of the store shelf! USDA research shows packaged spinach leaves exposed to more light has higher nutrient levels than those left in the dark.


Part of the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative, Let's Move! in Indian Country will promote healthy eating and physical activity among Native American children.


The federal government's new food group symbol, MyPlate, will replace MyPyramid. It will help consumers think about their food choices by building a healthy plate. Read the press release.


Addresses the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Challenge Area priority of childhood obesity prevention. Applications due May 18. Read the Request for Applications.


The new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released by USDA and DHHS, representing the federal government's evidence-based nutritional guidance to promote health.


Proposed changes to school meals include adding more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk, and limiting saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, and total calories.


Read statements from USDA Secretary Vilsack and others on the signing of this new law. Also, find a fact sheet that describes what this legislation will do for child nutrition programs.


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released Healthy People 2020 - the nation's new 10-year health promotion and disease prevention goals.


February 9 marks the first anniversary of Let's Move! Sign up for e-mail updates to learn about anniversary activities.


Encourage your mayor and elected officials to adopt a long-term approach to fighting childhood obesity by signing up for for Let's Move! Cities & Towns.


A new USDA report estimates fruit and vegetable prices - and the cost of meeting new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendations for adult fruit and veggie consumption.


Recently announced, MiPlato is a visual reminder to help Spanish-speaking consumers make healthier food choices. See MyPlate materials available in Spanish.


Learn what new menu and vending maching labeling regulations will mean for many restaurants and how they can help influence healthier food choices.


This practical tool lets you track and score your eating and activity habits. Gives tips for making healthy changes.