Office of Health Education and Promotion Hosts Holiday Health Tips Event | The well-being


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As the holidays approach, many students may have their eyes fixed on upcoming gatherings, celebrations, and times with friends and family. While this can be an exciting time of year for many students, the Stanislaus State Office of Health Education and Promotion has provided plenty of information to ensure it is both exciting and nutritious.

The Healthy Tips for the Holidays event was led on November 18 by Taylor Whitehead, Stan State Health Educator.

“Your culture and your identity are definitely important. So, when we talk about good health plans for the holidays, it is not a question of turning our backs on our traditions, cultural meals, or traditional family dishes. it’s just about how we can make these things a little healthier, ”Whitehead explained.

In order to achieve healthier eating while on vacation, Whitehead strongly recommends that students use the resources available at

My plate

MyPlate provides users with information on how to maintain a healthy diet with balanced food choices. (Screen capture by Anthony Perkins)

The first resource discussed was the archive of recipes available to students on the site.

“As a student you may not have a broad knowledge of cooking or recipes. you may have limited time or limited resources. MyPlate is very aware of this and lets you know that there are meals and recipes for students, ”Whitehead said.

MyPlate allows students to search for recipes while filtering using a variety of criteria such as total cost of the meal, kitchen equipment needed, and type of cooking. In addition to many traditional recipes, MyPlate also offers a limited number of video recipes for students who prefer a visual format over writing.

Another resource provided by MyPlate that Whitehead has encouraged students to use is the information provided on the site regarding dietary guidelines. Here are some important points about the guidelines.

  • Half the plate for a given meal should be made up of foods from the fruit group or the vegetable group. Emphasis should be placed on whole fruits and creating variety in the choice of vegetables.
  • It is important to implement the variety with regard to the protein group.
  • Half of the items in the grain group should be whole grains.
  • When choosing items from the dairy group, fat-free and low-fat alternatives provide a healthier option.

“Healthy eating shouldn’t feel like a chore or a punishment. You have to nourish your body with the foods that you love. We still want to enjoy the holidays. We always want to enjoy time with family and we also want to recognize our family’s cultural and traditional meals and dishes, ”Whitehead explained, discussing the importance of food choices.

While MyPlate offers useful tools for students looking to cope with their food choices, it is not the only resource available to students. Other resources available to students are as follows.

With many different resources available to students, the hope is that all students have a happy holiday without the stress of worrying about the challenges of getting a healthy diet.


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