The new food pyramid

The new food pyramid

One size

doesn't fit all

There's a new way of looking at your dietary needs, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

The old food pyramid — the one with grains at the bottom and meats at the top — has been replaced. Revamped, if you will.

The new pyramid has the food groups next to one another instead of stacked on top of each other. And, while the USDA is still big on whole grains, vegetables and fruits, it has been updated and made more personalized — and interactive.

Each person's dietary needs vary depending on age, gender, size, activity level and other variables. The new pyramid takes that into consideration before making nutrition recommendations.

By going to, you can answer a series of questions, then the site will develop a food pyramid just for you based on your answers. Kids love it — it's an interactive computer program, after all — and you can't help but stay healthy if you build a food pyramid that's right for you.

Once you and the kids have your own personalized food pyramids in hand, take them to the farmers market each week and let the kids pick out the foods they need to satisfy their own pyramids.