Harlem Students Rehearsing for Musical Based on 'MyPlate' Healthy-Eating Icon

By Susan Jones | February 10, 2012 | 10:15 AM EST

The Agriculture Department says MyPlate was developed as an effort to promote healthy eating to consumers.

(CNSNews.com) - For some children, healthy eating isn't just something to talk about. Students at a Catholic elementary school in Harlem are singing and dancing about "MyPlate," the new healthy-eating icon unveiled by the Obama administration last June.

A blog posting on the USDA Web site says “MYPLATE! The New Food Guide Musical Program” is intended to teach 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders at Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary School about active, nutritious lifestyles in the classroom while they rehearse for a "MyPlate-inspired school musical."

"Each dance number corresponds to a different color on MyPlate and is narrated with interesting facts about the food groups," the blog said.

MyPlate is a circle divided into quadrants showing a portions of fruits, vegetables, protein and grains -- plus dairy on the side. It replaced the USDA's food pyramid.

Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary enrolls 280 students from Pre-K through 8th  grade, and all of them qualify for free school lunches, the blog says.

The musical is described as one of several ways that Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary is engaging parents, families, and the Harlem community in healthy lifestyles.

The school also serves healthy snacks daily. Students train weekly in a local city park to prepare for a fun-run in Central Park; and they take field trips to farms, to learn about growing food, raising animals, and milking cows."

"As a supporter of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Faith and Communities, the school is a great example of how faith-based and neighborhood organizations can lead the way to raise a healthier generation of kids," the USDA blog says.