"Unlike the USDA’s MyPlate, which mixes agribusiness interests and nutritional science, and fails to convey the information people need to stay well, the Integrative Nutrition Plate provides simple yet specific guidance about healthy food choices.”
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 23, 2012
The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), the world’s largest nutrition school, has introduced the Integrative Nutrition Plate as the latest advancement in the curriculum of its flagship course, the Health Coach Training Program. Founder, Director, and Primary Teacher of Integrative Nutrition Joshua Rosenthal, MScEd, unveiled this milestone at the school’s live health coaching conference this past weekend in New York City, which brought together over 500 students, with thousands more tuning in online to watch the speakers via Live Stream.
The Integrative Nutrition Plate, adapted from the USDA’s MyPlate nutrition guidelines, emphasizes the importance of organic and local produce, whole grains, high-quality proteins, plant-based fats, and water. It provides an intuitive representation of how a plate should appear at mealtime and emphasizes the importance of proportions and portion size.
The Integrative Nutrition Plate also highlights lifestyle factors such as relationships, career, spirituality, and physical activity as crucial to good health.
“Modern nutrition – carbs or proteins, fresh vegetables or fast food – is really just one source of nourishment, which I call secondary food,” said Rosenthal. “Other dimensions of the human experience – what I call primary food – are often as important to our health as what we put in our mouths. I created the Integrative Nutrition Plate to illustrate this unique nutritional philosophy that seeks to establish wellness in all areas of one’s life.”
Members of Integrative Nutrition’s Board of Advisors, who help shape the strategy and long-term direction of the Health Coach Training Program, shared their perspective in the development of the Integrative Nutrition Plate.
“The Integrative Nutrition Plate has the advantage of being quite consistent with MyPlate – that's important, to avoid competing messages and confusion,” said Integrative Nutrition visiting teacher David L. Katz, MD, Director of Yale University Prevention Research Center. “But the Integrative Nutrition Plate is more holistic, looking beyond food to the whole context of healthful living. It is also explicit about what to eat – and what not to eat – and these details are essential if the typical American diet is going to be a force for health, rather than an impediment to it!"
Visiting teacher Walter Willet, MD, Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, echoed the sentiment.
"Unlike the USDA’s MyPlate, which mixes agribusiness interests and nutritional science, and fails to convey the information people need to stay well, the Integrative Nutrition Plate provides simple yet specific guidance about healthy food choices,” Dr. Willett said. “These choices can make an enormous difference in our long-term risks of heart disease, diabetes and cancer and they can also help us feel our best every day.”
About The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN)
Founded by Joshua Rosenthal, MScEd, in 1992, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition has grown from a small classroom of passionate individuals to a global community of over 30,000 students and graduates in 100 countries worldwide. Its flagship course, the IIN Health Coach Training Program, teaches students to become successful Health Coaches who can effect positive, long-lasting change. The school’s unique curriculum teaches a wide variety of skills in health coaching, nutrition education, business management, and healthy lifestyle choices. Visit http://www.integrativenutrition.com for more information