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Foundations of Nutrition: MyPlate

The School Nutrition Program Foundations of Nutrition: MyPlate online training.

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Course Description

Learn about the MyPlate recommendations for a healthier lifestyle and how to apply them to everyday choices. Resources to transfer the concepts and key messages to students through classroom events and activities are also included. Finally, participants reflect on the MyPlate communication message calendar and identify classroom and after school activities to support key messages.

  • Course Number: 040
  • Training Length: 30 minutes
  • Certificate: Available at the end of the training
  • Target Audience: Food Service Director and Staff
  • Mandatory: No
  • Cost: Free
  • Date Recorded: August 2017

Online Course

Begin the Foundations of Nutrition: My Plate External link opens in new window or tab. course.

Referenced Resources

The following resources are referred to throughout this online course:


  • Crediting: 0.50 hours
  • Key Area: Nutrition (100)
    • Training Topic: General Nutrition (1300)
      • Learning Objective: MyPlate (1310)

For more information on crediting, access the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) web document Professional Standards Learning Objectives External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF).

Additional Information

For more information regarding the MyPlate recommendations, visit the California Department of Education NSLP and SBP Meal Patterns web page.

General Resources

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and USDA 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans External link opens in new window or tab. provides an Executive Summary, five over arching Guidelines, and supporting Key Recommendations.

  • USDA Choose MyPlate External link opens in new window or tab. Guidance System provides access to a wealth of information and tools for personalizing your MyPlate plan.

  • Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans External link opens in new window or tab. provides information about the federal government’s 2008 physical activity guidelines for Americans.

  • USDA Team Nutrition External link opens in new window or tab. provides classroom nutrition education or school food services resources. Get free materials for teaching about MyPlate and ideas for local school wellness policies.

  • USDA Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum External link opens in new window or tab. classroom lessons to help teachers integrate nutrition education into math, science, English language arts, and health. This curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using MyPlate. Students also learn the importance of physical activity to stay healthy. Each Teacher's Guide has three inquiry-driven lessons to teach nutrition, check students' understandings, and provide opportunities for students to reflect upon their learning. Songs, posters, and parent materials in English and Spanish are included (USDA 2013).

Contact Us

If you have technical difficulties, please contact the Education and Nutrition Policy Unit by phone at 916-445-9127 for assistance. For questions regarding the course content, contact Julie BoarerPitchford, Nutrition Education Consultant, by phone at 916-322-1563 or by email at

Questions:   Julie BoarerPitchford | | 916-322-1563
Last Reviewed: Thursday, April 11, 2019
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