New Food Plate Worksheets Focus on Minority Populations

April 25, 2012

Last week was National Minority Cancer Awareness Week (April 15-21) and this year The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center created food plate worksheets to promote healthy eating habits and cancer prevention for African American, Hispanic and Vietnamese audiences.

A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer stated that obesity is the second largest preventable cause of cancer diagnosis and death, after tobacco use. The MD Anderson worksheets are important because they are culturally appropriate, include serving size recommendations and recommend cancer-fighting foods.

The food plates recommend that men’s meals stay in the 500 calorie range and women’s meals stay in the 400 calorie range. No more than one third of a plate should contain meat and the other two thirds should contain fruit, vegetables, beans and whole grains. The food plates are available online for public use.

Read the full Newswise article.

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