Tex Plate was created as an innovative way to apply key evidence-based nutrition strategies (like increasing fruits and vegetables and reducing portion sizes) to the restaurant environment.  Participating restaurants are provided with these specialized proper portioned plates free of charge.  Kitchen staff and servers are trained on how to fill the plate and owners have the ability to choose which menu items they would like to include as Tex Plate offerings.  Restaurants do not need to change their current offerings to participate, and diners learn how they can choose the foods they normally enjoy when eating at a restaurant while still following guidelines for healthy portions.

Portion Sizes

The following link will help you build a healthy plate of food at meal time.  A half plate full of vegetables; the other half split evenly betweencarbohydrates and proteins, is the goal.  Go to the following site for more:  http://tracker.diabetes.org/portion-sizes.php.
BAM! Body and Mind

BAM! Body and Mind is an online destination for kids created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Designed for kids 9-13 years old, BAM! Body and Mind gives them the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices. The site focuses on topics that kids told us are important to them — such as stress and physical fitness — using kid-friendly lingo, games, quizzes, and other interactive features.

BAM! Body and Mind also serves as an aid to teachers, providing them with interactive, educational, and fun activities that are linked to the national education standards for science and health.