31 Jan T5 W4 D1 R1
Length: A minimum of 150 words per post, not including references
Citations need to be within 5 (Five) years
Context: Nursing in the USA
T5 W4 D1 R1
My plate is creative, colorful, and design memorable. It gives a clear picture of the appropriate serving sizes of the food groups. However, it does not include information such as which proteins are best to eat over other proteins. Neither does it provide information about whole grains over refined grains. It also suggests milk at every meal. It does not contain any information on water consumption, good oils, or exercise. The healthy eating plate includes all the information my plate does not contain and even provides information on vegetables. I think the more detailed the message is, the better the outcome. Healthy Eating Plate is just as colorful and shows appropriate portion sizes and includes all the essential information. (“Healthy eating plate,” 2020) With all of that said, it is still better than the food pyramid that had no information about anything in it, and it suggests making sure to consume from all food groups.
Forty years ago, there was not a lot of education or information about nutrition in rural areas, at least. I saw the food pyramid group briefly during a home economics class, but there was no discussion or stress of importance of it or what it represented. Being a poor rural area, with the majority of the area farmland, the staples was meat and potatoes. Beef and pork came from the farms, almost everyone had chickens for fresh eggs, and vegetables came from the garden that the individual planted every summer. Having fruit was a luxury that did not grace many homes. There were no meals cooked with the thought of nutrition; it was all about what was available and affordable.
Health information has advanced by leaps and bounds. There is information everywhere about nutrition, eating healthy, and making good food choices. Eating healthy and being healthy is becoming predominant in large metropolitan areas, places there are hiking available, and other outdoor activities. In poor rural areas, it is being pushed to the wayside more often than not. Rural areas in the Midwest it is much cheaper for the citizens to buy junk food than healthy food. This is also compounded by the way people learned to eat; it is hard to break habits, and people become accustomed to eating a certain way, and they do not want to change. (Fanning & Rayens, 2016) Although the area I live in offers free meals to the elderly, many do not utilize it because they do not like the food or the way it is cooked. I know of many induvial that soak bread in bacon grease or grease drained off of beef they have cooked, and that is what they eat. When a person is underprivileged and have limited resources, they create many bad habits in the way they eat, and then they refuse to change. Therefore, it would not be very easy for my plate to be beneficial in the rural community where I live.
Fanning, F., & Rayens, M. (2016, May 1). Food cost disparities in rural communities. Health
Promotion Practice, 16(3), 383-391. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1524839914554454
Healthy eating plate vs. USDA’s myplate. (2020). Retrieved from https://www.hsph.harvard.
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