Personal Pyramid

Age 9, Independent

45 minutes, indoors or outdoors


  • Identify the food groups in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Guide Pyramid and summarize the number of daily servings recommended from each food group for growth and good health.


  • Food guide pyramid
  • personal pyramid
  • food pyramid discussion guide
  • scissors
  • color markers or crayons
  • tape or glue.

Get set

  • Duplicate and distribute the food guide pyramid and personal pyramid.
  • Discuss the importance of eating a variety of foods for growth and health.
  • Refer to the food guide pyramid as a road map to good eating.
  • Explain that we should eat more of the foods that are at the bottom of the pyramid and less of the foods at the top.
  • Emphasize the importance of variety and moderation.

Go catch

  • Have individuals select foods for their personal pyramids. Encourage them to select foods that they like as well as foods that they would like to try, perhaps an unusual seafood that is in the California's Golden Seas booklet.
  • Stress the imortance of choosing foods from each group in the right quantities and emphasize the importance of substituting foods naturally low in fat, such as seafood, for high fat foods, such as sausage or salami.
  • Discuss the selections. Mention that personal pyramids may be very different and still be consistent with good nutrition.
  • Illustrate and construct personal food pyramids.
  • Review personal pyramids daily.
  • Have individuals develop a secret pyramid health message each day to place in a friend's personal pyramid. Example: I tried rockfish (Pacific snapper) last night for dinner. Have you tried any seafood yet?


  • The wide variety of seafoods available, and the many ways to prepare seafood, make it easy to start or maintain healthy eating habits.
  • Share personal pyramids with families. Keep them near the shopping list.
  • Help someone at home complete a personal pyramid. What was learned by helping someone else?

Food pyramid discussion guide

  • What foods are in the bread and cereal group? Should cake be in this group?
  • What fruits and vegetables have you eaten today?
  • Would apple pie or punch be included in the fruit and vegetable group?
  • How many servings of fruits should you have every day?
  • How many servings of vegetables should you have every day?
  • How many servings of meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, dry beans, nuts and eggs should you have every day?
  • Have you had any fish or shellfish this week? today?
  • How many of you have had milk, yogurt or cheese today? How many servings do you need every day?
  • Foods in the extras group have a lot of fat and sugar in them. What foods do you think might be in this group?

The key to climbing the pyramid and healthy eating is choosing foods low in fat and sugar. These foods include fish, shellfish, fruits, vegetables, pasta, lowfat milk or cheeses, poultry such as chicken and turkey, lean beef, pork or lamb, whole wheat breads, and cereal without sugar coatings. Keep in mind that the other side of the good health equation is keeping active. Play actively for at least 60 minutes each day.

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