Health & Wellness
After decades of using the “Food Pyramid” to show Americans what we should eat, the nutrition experts at the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) introduced “My Plate.”
-By Cindy Lau-Evans
GMSHRM held its first Benefits Conference and Expo in 2011, concentrating this year on Health and Wellness. The Conference & Expo event was well-received as, increasingly, employers are considering the requirements related to health care reform, employee expectations, rising health care costs, benefit plan design and wellness program options. As workplace challenges change, the GMSHRM Benefits Conference event will evolve with GMSHRM offering different Benefits tracks to address various business and benefit issues.
In addition to any conference, GMSHRM will continue to cover Wellness matters from time to time, providing information and/or resources to its members for personal and professional usage. I am proud to announce that GMSHRM is now a Community Communicator of the USDA Nutrition Network (read more info).
Wellness and Dietary Guidelines
On June 2, 2011, after decades of using the “Food Pyramid” to show Americans what we should eat, the nutrition experts at the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) introduced “My Plate.”
“My Plate” is arguably a simpler guide. The new graphic is shaped like a round plate that is divided into four sections: red for fruits, orange for grains, purple for protein and green for vegetables. A separate blue section, placed to the right of the plate like a beverage glass, represents dairy foods. My Plate also offers general dietary guidelines related to balancing calories, foods to increase and foods to reduce.
“With so many food options available to consumers, it is often difficult to determine the best foods to put on our plates when building a healthy meal,” said Secretary Vilsack. “My Plate is an uncomplicated symbol to help remind people to think about their food choices in order to lead healthier lifestyles. This effort is about more than just giving information; it is a matter of making people understand there are options and practical ways to apply them to their daily lives.”
To obtain more information and resources for yourself and your workplace, try visiting http://www.choosemyplate.gov/
First Inaugural GMSHRM Health & Wellness Conference & Exposition 2011
Click on our Wellness logo for the information from the 2011 GMSHRM Health & Wellness Conference & Expo.