Raise your hand if you remember learning about the “five food groups” in school?

We colored our handouts and learned about each group as we listened to our special speaker of the week tell us how important it is to eat healthy.

So why didn’t we listen back then? Now as adults we buy books and weight loss programs to remind us what we learned all those years ago. Well, here is a refresher course brought to you by the USDA and MyPyramid.gov.

The food pyramid suggested optimal nutrition guidelines for each food category, per day, using a mnemonic graphic of a pyramid with horizontal dividing lines to represent suggested percentages of the daily diet for each food group.

The Food Pyramid, developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is an excellent tool to help you make healthy food choices.

The food pyramid can help you choose from a variety of foods so you get the nutrients you need. The suggested serving sizes can help you control the amount of calories, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sugar and sodium intake in your diet.

The amount of each food group you need depends on your age, sex and level of physical activity. Make smart choices from every food group. Get the most nutrition out of calories and stay within the daily calorie needs.

It is important to find balance between food and physical activity: Be physically active for at least 30 minutes most days of the week. Children and teenagers should be physically active for 60 minutes every day. With all of these things combined, you have a recipe to be “Thin and Healthy.”

Mayes is a weight loss coach for Thin and Healthy’s Total Solution, Flex Gym, 901 N. Moore Ave., 912-4995.

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