Individual Comment on MyPlate & DGAs
How to Write a Comment from an Individual
Include your credentials and experience that bear on the matter at hand
Example: “I teach 5th grade in Arizona and the MyPlate graphic is on my classroom wall."
Then state your request
“I am writing to urge you to add a symbol for drinking water to MyPlate. I want strong language on water in the Dietary Guidelines.”
Give a real-life example of why you want to see this change to MyPlate
Example: “A symbol for water on the MyPlate graphic will be a daily visual reminder for my students that drinking water is part of a healthy diet. It will also give me a place to talk with my students about why water is healthier than sugary drinks.”
Other types of remarks you can make:
- I care about drinking water because ___
- MyPlate is part of my life because ____
- Leaving water off of MyPlate suggests that it is not part of a healthy diet.
- It is important to remind people to drink water.
- “Water: First for Thirst”
Tips to give your comment maximum impact:
- Comments are most effective if they are courteous, professional and respectful.
- Each comment, to be counted as a unique and individual piece of input, should include the personal or professional opinions and experiences or examples of the writer.
- A constructive suggestion is helpful.
- USDA comment readers must read 1000’s of comments. Make sure yours is clear, concise and relevant.
- Most important: submit a comment by May 8!
Click here for the USDA online comment submission form for Dietary Guidelines. Don't forget to check Part D, Chapter 1.
“Water: First for Thirst.”