University of NH promotes healthy eating with plates printed with modified USDA guidelines

Sept. 18, 2013, The Washington Post

They may not be binging on broccoli, but some University of New Hampshire (UNH) students are at least pausing before they fill up on fried food, thanks to dishware designed to remind them about healthy options.

Two years after the federal government abandoned the food pyramid as a symbol for healthful eating and adopted an image of a plate instead, the university has gone a step further by printing dietary guidelines directly on plates used in campus dining halls.

The so-called Wildcat Plates, named after the school’s mascot, offer a bit more detail than the “My Plate” graphic promoted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). While the USDA image shows a plate divided into four segments labeled “fruits,” ‘’vegetables,” ‘’grains,” and “proteins,” the Wildcat plate specifies “lean protein” and “whole grains” and offers suggestions such as “try whole wheat pasta, brown rice, or quinoa.” Continue reading