American Diabetes Association releases “Create your Plate” tool in Spanish and English
GritoBlast! The American Diabetes Association marks this Hispanic Heritage Month observance by introducing its new interactive nutrition tool in English and Spanish. The Create Your Plate tool allows users to create a balanced meal by prompting them to choose popular ingredients common in the Latino community.
The tool also provides preparation tips and portion sizes, utilizing the Association recommended Create Your Plate method.
The Association considers nutritious choices an important health topic for the Hispanic community since the overall rate of diabetes in Hispanic adults is nearly twice as high as the rate in non-Hispanic whites.
The method empowers individuals to choose the right amount of non-starchy vegetables, starchy foods and protein to build a meal they want to eat that will allow them to better manage their blood glucose levels and lose weight. Making healthy choices and eating nutritious, well-portioned meals is a key part of diabetes prevention and management.
The Association is collaborating with celebrity chef and author Ingrid Hoffmann to promote healthy eating and the new interactive Create Your Plate tool in the Hispanic community. Through modifications to her favorite recipes, Ingrid incorporates taste and nutrition into healthy meal options.
“Change starts with small steps. Those small steps add up and can lead to big results,” Ingrid says. “Nutritious changes are not about dieting; they are about changing your lifestyle to make better choices.”