This Spanish version of the MyPlate icon is designed to remind Spanish-speaking consumers to eat balanced diets that include fresh fruit and vegetables.
This Spanish version of the MyPlate icon is designed to remind Spanish-speaking consumers to eat balanced diets that include fresh fruit and vegetables.

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which began Sept. 15 and runs through Oct. 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture introduced a Spanish version of the MyPlate icon.

In a joint presentation Sept. 30, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Surgeon General Regnia Benjamin unveiled the MiPlato icon. In a news release, Vilsack said the MiPlato icon should help remind Spanish-speaking consumers about the importance of eating a balanced diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables.

In related news, the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion announced that more than 4,000 organizations referred to as Community Partners have joined the Nutrition Communications Network. That is double the number of partners reported in July.

Community Partners are organizations actively promoting healthy eating as described in the 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines, which include half a plate of fruits and vegetables at every meal.

To encourage Americans to adopt the half-a-plate rule the USDA invites people to take a photo of their plates to share on Twitter and on the USDA’s Flickr Photo Group. Twitter users should use #MyPlate to post their plate photos. To post a plate photo on the USDA’s site, visit http://www.flickr.com/people/usdagov.