Indiana State Fair Exhibit

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Indiana State Fair visitors of all ages will get a full serving of helpful, practical advice on how to plan healthy meals when they go through a new Purdue Extension exhibit.

The interactive exhibit in the DuPont Food Pavilion is one of a variety of Extension exhibits and activities during the Aug. 3-19 fair on the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

The new exhibit "To MyPlate and Beyond" illustrates the U.S. Department of Agriculture's tool that emphasizes the five food groups that are part of a healthy diet: fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy.

"Visitors will learn how easy it is to shop for food, grow their own, plan meals and eat together," said Lisa Graves, Extension specialist in the College of Health and Human Sciences' Department of Nutrition Science. "From child to adult, the exhibit will feature tips and ideas for everyone to build a healthy plate."

Participants will "travel" with Max and his dog, Munch, in a flying saucer as they explore simple reminders and other information about eating well. Included is a short quiz that will help them understand the exhibit's key messages, such as make half of your plate fruits and vegetables, switch to fat-free or low-fat milk, and enjoy your food but eat less.

The exhibit was created by the Purdue Agricultural Communication Exhibit Design Center and specialists and faculty in the Department of Nutrition Science. Funding was provided by the American Dairy Association and Indiana's Dairy Farm Families.