Food Pyramid


Barbara J. Feldman

The food pyramid is a nutrition and activity guide published by the United States Department of Agriculture. It contains eight divisions: physical activity (represented by the person climbing the side of the pyramid), grains, vegetables, fruits, oils, milk, and meat and beans (representing all forms of lean protein.) Learn more at this week’s crop of freshly picked sites.

  • Dairy Council of California: Kids Games4 stars

    These online games for kids and teens are produced by the Dairy Council of California. They also provide printable K-12 materials for teachers at a small cost (but free if you are in California!) The online materials include a MyPyramid Match Game ("Discover how many food servings and physical activity you need every day."), a virtual pizza maker, an interactive dairy farm, and a calcium calculator.

  • Nourish Interactive5 stars

    Created by a former ICU nurse, Nourish Interactive uses online games and printable worksheets to teach children the importance of nutrition and exercise. To access the games, a grownup must create a free parent or teacher account, and then create a child's account. Once you're inside, there are oodles of games, including an interactive food pyramid, an arcade-style Food Pyramid Adventure, concentration-style memory games, interactive coloring, and word search puzzles. One of my favs is the talking nutrition glossary that defines vocabulary from "Added Salt" to "Zinc." Look for it in Word Games.

  • Nutrition Explorations: Kids5 stars

    Nutrition Explorations, published by the National Dairy Council, combines fun with simple nutrition instruction. Under Activities, my picks are the food group match games Quintricious (look under Arianna & Marucs) and Feed the Monster, an arcade game with an embedded nutrition quiz. Another gem is the printable shopping list with headings for each of the five food groups: milk, meat, vegetable, fruit and grain.

  • Playnormous: Health Games5 stars

    Playnormous' mission is to create health games that are fun and easy to play, but packed with important messages about the importance of nutrition and physical activity to a healthy lifestyle. The interactive games are found (easily enough) by clicking on the Games tab. They include Pyramid Pile Up ("Fill each row with foods from the correct food group, but watch out for flying Chompies that want to gobble up your food tiles."), Lunch Crunch, and Brain Gain. Printables , lesson plans, and quizzes can be found under the Teachers tab.

  • USDA: My Pryamid5 stars

    In 2005 the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Guide Pyramid was revised to reflect the latest in nutritional science. In fact, there is no longer just one pyramid. There are now multiple pyramids, depending on how many calories you need and how active you are. For Kids two to five, and those six to eleven, click on the links listed in the left-hand nav menu under Specific Audiences. From within those sections, you'll have access to the Blast Off! game (to help students see how their choices fit into MyPyramid), and printable pyramid posters and worksheets.

  • By March 23,2010

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!



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