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HPB introduces new visual aid to advocate healthy eating

My Healthy Plate will replace the Healthy Diet Pyramid Model as the tool of choice to motivate Singaporeans to eat healthily, according to the Health Promotion Board.

SINGAPORE: There will now be a new, easy-to-understand visual tool to encourage and motivate Singaporeans to improve their diet, which was created after feedback from the public, the Health Promotion Board (HPB) said on Friday (July 11).

In a statement, the agency said it launched the visual aid - named My Healthy Plate - to be a simple and educational tool designed to guide Singaporeans on how to plan a healthy meal when they dine in and out of home. My Healthy Plate depicts a comprehensible visual representation of what a healthy meal may look like, it said.

In comparison to the Healthy Diet Pyramid, My Healthy Plate emphasises the healthy habits of:

  • Filling half your plate with fruit and vegetables
  • Fill a quarter of your plate with whole-grains
  • Fill a quarter of your plate with meat and others
  • Use healthier oils
  • Choose water
  • Be active

Based on a recent HPB study, it was found that Singaporeans prefer a simple, plate-based image that conveys clear messages about a healthy diet.

Additionally, the Student Health Survey 2012 show that 80 per cent of students aged 13 to 18 do not meet recommendations for both fruits and vegetables, while the National Nutrition Survey 2010 indicated that up to 85 per cent of Singaporean adults fall short of the recommended intake of fruit and vegetables, the statement said.

"My Healthy Plate is a friendly and easy-to-understand visual tool to improve our diet quality while reminding us to choose water over sugar-sweetened drinks, and to be active. This latest effort will form a significant contribution to inculcate healthy eating habits and make 'Healthy Living Every Day' simple for all," said Associate Professor Faishal Ibrahim, Parliamentary Secretary for Health in the statement.

HPB said it will replace the existing Healthy Diet Pyramid tool across all its collaterals by end-2014.

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