Food and Nutritional Information

Get Your Plate In Shape

The Chicago Department of Public Health encourages everyone to include healthy foods from all food groups to "Get Your Plate in Shape."

Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products contain the nutrients we need to maintain healthy lifestyles. Make sure your eating plan includes foods from all the food groups and in appropriate portions. The USDA's MyPlate is a great tool to guide and help us be mindful of the foods that make up our balanced eating plan.

Here's how you can get your plate in shape!

Other Simple Tips to Follow

  • Other simple tips to follow are cooking more often at home, where you are in control of what is in your food.
  • Exercise and healthy eating are crucial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. By choosing activities you enjoy like going for a walk with your family, joining a sports team, dancing or playing with your children.
  • If you don’t have a full 30 minutes, carve out 10 minutes three times a day. Every bit adds up and health benefits increase the more active you are.

As part of National Nutrition Month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' National Nutrition Month website includes helpful tips, recipes, fun games, promotional tools and nutrition education resources, all designed to spread the message of good nutrition around the "Get Your Plate in Shape" theme.