US Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns has unveiled a child-friendly version of the new MyPyramid Food Guidance System called MyPyramid for Kids, which includes a new symbol, lesson plans for grades 1-6 and an interactive game.

“This is a fun approach to addressing the very serious problem of childhood obesity,” said Johanns. “As teachers take advantage of the lesson plans and children learn what it takes to win the game, messages about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity will take hold. We know that MyPyramid captured America’s attention and our hope is that MyPyramid for Kids will inspire the same level of interest and help to improve the health of America’s kids.”

The US Department of Agriculture said MyPyramid for Kids provides age-appropriate information about the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the MyPyramid Food Guidance System released earlier this year. The new MyPyramid for Kids symbol represents the recommended proportion of food from each food group and focuses on the importance of making smart food choices every day. Daily physical activity is prominent in MyPyramid for Kids.

The interactive computer game, called MyPyramid Blast Off, involves a rocket that needs fuel to blast off. The game reinforces the key concepts of MyPyramid for Kids by challenging students to select a healthy variety of foods and physical activities to fuel their rockets.

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