USDA unveils new healthy eating website for kids

08/12/2013 05:38:00 PM
Tom Karst

USDAThe U.S. Department of Agriculture has unveiled a new destination for kids exploring healthy eating.

Called MyPlate Kids Place, the website is designed for children ages 8 to 12, according to a news release from the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

The site also can help parents and teachers make better food choices, according to the release. The website features games, recipes, tips, activity sheets and links to the ChooseMyPlate.gov website, according to the release.

One game offered is a word maze called “Have fun with fruits and vegetables” that includes the names of 14 fruits and vegetables hidden in the maze.

Recipes contributed by students include “Kickin’ Colorful Peppers Stuffed with Quinoa,” zucchini pancakes, passion fruit smoothies and “Garden Stir Fry.”

“As our youngsters head back to school, USDA is committed to their future,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a news release. “We are taking new steps to expand rural education opportunities, ensure healthy and safe food for young people, and giving parents and teachers the tools and information they need to help our kids grow up ready to lead the world.”



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