Check Out My Plate Video Search

Congratulations to the winners - and all of the amazing young creators who participated!

Eating according to MyPlate encourages a series of habits that follow the recommendations of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

First Place Winners:

  • "Hamilton's MyPlate Video" by Hamilton Brewer
  • "The Banana Boyz" by The Banana Boyz
  • "Lunch Line Flow!" by Amherst Steele High School, Medical Health Tech Class of 2015

Second Place Winners:

  • "MyPlate Rap!" by Kendall & Isabelle
  • "My Food Plate" by Mr. G's Class, Marshall Middle School (San Diego, CA)
  • "MyPlate Video Health News" by Jonathan P., Dakota H., David W. & Josh F.

Third Place Winners:

  • "Confessions of a Reformed Picky Eater" by ChopChop Subscription Ava L.
  • "Take-A-Long Taco" by Trinity W., Texas
  • "Check Out MZ's Plate" by Mehrnaz T.

About the Search

MyPlate National Strategic Partners challenged parents and teachers (with parents’ permission) to help kids develop creative videos showing how they create healthy habits by nutritious eating and physical activity. Eating according to MyPlate encourages a series of habits that follow the recommendations of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

MyPlate is a graphical way to help people make better food choices and eat right at meals. A healthy meal includes half a plate of fruits and vegetables, lean protein foods, grains (about half of which should be whole grains), and low-fat or fat-free dairy foods in the amounts that are right for you.

Video submissions were less than or equal to 60 seconds long and contained the minimum following: a MyPlate visual, Healthy Eating Tip, and Physical Activity Tip; and be accompanied by a text description of the Age Group and the MyPlate message promoted

The Check Out MyPlate Video Search awarded about $4,000 in total prizes in three age categories of (a) two to ten years old; (b) eleven to thirteen years old; or (c) fourteen to eighteen years old. Three First Prize Winners each received $1,000; three Second Prize Winners each received $300; and three Runner Up winners each received a year’s subscription to ChopChop magazine. Final video judging was completed by USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion, Let’s Move and ChopChop Magazine. Winners were notified on June 5th around MyPlate’s 4th birthday.

The search was open to individuals and teams of individuals who were residents of the United States and its territories. Parents and teachers (with parents’ permission) could enter videos featuring kids ages 2-18.

The Check Out My Plate Video Search was concluded in June of 2015.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the search?

The purpose of the search is to help educate children (ages 2-18) about healthy eating and to promote healthy lifestyles following the Dietary Guidelines for Americans MyPlate food icon. In an effort to help encourage dietary changes in eating patterns for school-aged children and encourage healthy eating and lifestyles, a small group of sponsors have joined together to fund this opportunity and award kids who can showcase they are practicing healthy eating and activities the MyPlate way. See more about the sponsors here.

Who is eligible to submit an entry?

The video search is open only to legal residents of the United States between the ages of 2-18.

When does my entry need to be submitted?

The deadline to submit all entries will be 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, April 30, 2015.

What will I get if I win? (What are the prizes?)

There will be three grand prizes of $1,000 each (one for each age group); three second place prizes of $300 each (one for each age group); a runner up prize of an annual ChopChop Magazine subscription (one for each age group).

The age groups are:

Ages 2-10 Ages 11-13 Ages 14-18

Is there a cost to submit an entry?

No. There is no cost to submit an entry.

Can I submit multiple entries?

No. There is a limit to one (1) valid Submission per Age Group, per participant. (Exception: If a teacher has multiple classes with different age groups, she, with guardian’s permission, can submit three entries – one for each class.

Contest Sponsors

The MyPlate Video Search was formed to help educate and empower children (ages 2-18) about healthy eating and to promote healthy lifestyles following the Dietary Guidelines for Americans MyPlate food icon. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

In an effort to help encourage dietary changes in eating patterns for school-aged children and encourage healthy eating and lifestyles, a small group of MyPlate National Strategic Partners have joined together to fund this opportunity and award kids who can showcase they are practicing healthy eating and activities the MyPlate way. [6] [7]

Canned Food Alliance

The Canned Food Alliance (CFA) is a consortium of steelmakers, can makers, food processors and affiliate members who have joined together to help increase consumption of canned foods, by communicating their many benefits, including nutrition, convenience, affordability, year-round availability and sustainability. As a National Strategic Partner of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, part of our mission is to ensure that kids are eating enough fruits, vegetables, beans and lean proteins to help meet the Dietary Guidelines for a Americans. Canned fruits, veggies, beans and lean proteins make eating half your plate fruits and veggies and getting enough protein into kids’ diets quick, easy and nutritious. For more information about canned food research, facts, resources, the canning process, family mealtime solutions, recipes that use canned foods and more, visit www.Mealtime.org or follow us on Facebook at Canned Food CANnections or on Twitter @CannedFoodFan.

Fresh Baby

For more than 13 years, Fresh Baby’s supported parents and caregivers with simple solutions to reducing a child’s risk of obesity by promoting the development of healthy eating habits from the first bites of food. The Check Out MyPlate Video Search is a fun way to get kids involved in showing off how they make healthy choices. We hope the videos submitted provide inspiration and motivation for others to make changes that will set them on a path to healthy eating too.

Nestlé/Gerber

Nestlé Infant Nutrition, part of Nestlé S.A., is dedicated to early childhood nutrition. Gerber Products Company, founded in 1928, officially joined the Nestlé family in 2007. Nestlé and Gerber’s combined resources and scientific research have enabled the company to have a deep knowledge in early childhood nutrition. Gerber produces more than 200 food products, all of which are a part of the proprietary Gerber® Start Healthy, Stay Healthy™ nutrition system. Start Healthy, Stay Healthy combines products, educational resources and services that are designed to encourage the early establishment of healthy eating habits in children from birth to preschool.

USA Rice

The USA Rice Federation is the global advocate for the U.S. rice industry, conducting programs to inform consumers about domestically grown rice. U.S. farmers produce an abundance of short, medium and long grain rice, as well as organic and specialty rices including jasmine, basmati, arborio, red aromatic and black japonica, among others. Farmers in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas grow some 18 billion pounds of rice each year, according to the highest quality standards. Eighty-five percent of the rice Americans consume is grown in the USA. Look for the U.S. rice industry’s “Grown in the USA” logo on packages of 100% domestically grown rice. For more information, visit www.usarice.com. [8]

Chop Chop Magazine

ChopChop is an innovative non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and teach kids to cook real food with their families. We believe that cooking and eating together as a family is a vital step in resolving the obesity and hunger epidemics.

School Nutrition Association

The School Nutrition Association is a national, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country.

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