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1 Portion Size Presented by: Ventura Unified School District, Healthy Schools Project For information on obesity prevention or food stamps, call Funded by the USDA's Food Stamp Program, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

2 1998 Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 1990, 1998, 2008 (*BMI 30, or about 30 lbs. overweight for 5’4” person) No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% 20%–24% 25%–29% ≥30%

3 Our bodies need a certain amount of “FUEL” to maintain good health.

4 How do we know what the right amount of food is for our bodies? We follow US Dietary Guidelines, which scientists have studied & determined are healthy for most people.

5 Serving Sizes are based on: Activity Level Age Gender Being physically active = 60+ minutes per day of moderate to vigorous activity

6 Serving Sizes & Your Daily Needs Calorie Range for Girls 1600 to 2200 Calorie Range for Boys 1800 to 2600

7 What is a portion? A “portion” is the amount we are served and/or the amount of food we put on our own plates

8 What are the portions like when you go to a restaurant?

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10 How can we find out what a recommended serving size looks like for different foods?

11 Let’s take a closer look…. …everyday objects can help us to remember equivalent portion sizes

12 Recommended Servings per Day Grains Group (6 ounces a day) Vegetable Group ( cups a day) Fruit Group (1.5-2 cups a day) Dairy Group (3 cups a day) Protein (5 ounces a day) Oils ( 5-8 teaspoons each day)

13 Portion Size Matters! Portion The amount of food for one person Eat the recommended portion When you go to a restaurant: split a meal, take some home, or order ½ the amount offered Size Determine the recommended size for one portion by reading the Food Label Use your “Handy Portions” flyer to train your eyes and brain what a portion is Follow the recommended guidelines

14 What are empty calories? Empty calories are the “extra” calories such as solid fats and added sugars What are examples of empty calorie foods? These foods must be limited and eaten in moderation.

15 Continue with the Portion Distortion Power Point Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Obesity Education Initiative


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