MyPlate, MyWins is focused on helping Americans find real-life solutions for a healthy eating style. MyPlate, MyWins aims to help you find healthy eating solutions by focusing on all five MyPlate food groups including fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy to ensure you get all the nutrients you need. We understand everyone has different eating habits; solutions and changes are not “one size fits all.” MyPlate, MyWins helps you create your own, personalized healthy eating goals and solutions through choices that support your culture and preferences. Starting with small steps and celebrating milestones – known as “wins” – along the way are helpful strategies in achieving goals and maintaining changes.
MyPlate’s tips, tools, and resources will help you find real solutions that add up to big successes. With so many options, you can decide which resources and solutions work best for your goals. We know that you and your family have unique needs, and we want to help you find a healthy eating style that works for your lifestyle now and into the future. #MyPlateMyWins
Why Functional Nutrition is So Important
Over the past century, infectious disease rates have dropped, while chronic disease rates have risen due to lifestyle habits. According to the CDC, over 117 million adult Americans have one or more preventable chronic diseases.
Many of these preventable chronic diseases are related to poor quality nutrition; chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and bone health. The CDC predicts that if changes aren’t made, more than 30% of all Americans will have diabetes by 2030.
We believe in order to prevent disease, changing your lifestyle habits and creating body awareness is at the core. At DHF, we utilize InBody Systems to analyze your body composition to begin our coaching process:
Quickly measure fat mass, muscle mass, and body water levels. No dunking. No pinching. No discomfort. Simply stand on the device and hold the hand electrodes.
Body composition analysis is essential to completely understand health and weight as traditional methods of assessing health, such as BMI, can be misleading. Going beyond your weight, body composition analysis breaks down your body into four components: fat, lean body mass, minerals, and body water.
InBody body composition analyzers break down your weight and display your body composition data on an organized, easy-to-understand Result Sheet. The results help you understand where your fat, muscle, and body levels are at and act as a guide to help you achieve your goals: whether that is shedding a few unwanted pounds or a complete body transformation.
The next step is to design and coach sound nutrition habits directly related to change. The belief is that habits must be designed to:
The first layer of habits introduced to an individual must encourage through success.
LEVEL 1 HABITS
- 80% Full
- Eat Lean Proteins & Healthy Fats
- Eat The Rainbow
The second layer of habits must build by challenging the individual to put forth consistent and persistent effort.
LEVEL 2 HABITS
- Keeping A Food Journal
- Eating Balanced Meals
- Adding Support
- Drinking Calorie Free Beverages
The final layer of habits are built to empower the individual through an understanding of the process.
LEVEL 3 HABITS
- Plan A Full Week
- 80-20 Rule
- Whole Foods Only
- Create Your Own Balanced Meal
How do you provide accountability?
You will be assigned a DHF Coach that will help guide you through the challenge and will request weekly check-ins that can be elec- tronic, by phone, or live. The ac- countability sessions will be based upon your original goal, and the habits you are performing to reach that goal.
How do you provide incentive?
Incentive will be provided in twoforms: certificates will be handedout for those completing phases within the challenge . Points will be earned each week for habit com- pletion which can be redeemed within our YRewards program.
Is this a weight loss challenge?
It can be if you want it to. The challenge and what you ultimately are thriving for is based on you. Weight loss can be the goal, but so can lowering cholesterol or blood pressure, strength to build stron- ger muscles, etc. The challenge is based on you, your need.
Do the habits relate to my goals?
Yes, the habits are built upon three pillars: nutrition, movement, and recovery. These components are the backbone of any goal and program. The habits are fundamental in nature to relate to vary- ing goals and activities.
Can I repeat the same habit and earn points for 12 weeks?
We absolutely desire for you to re- peat the habit for 12 weeks, but to earn habit-based points there is a 2-week limit per habit. Ideally, you continue with the habit, and then build upon that habit with others to reach your goals.
Are different habits earning different points?
Yes, the habits are built on three different levels (1-3). Level 1 is built for success and is readily achiev-able. Level 2 increases the difficultyto motivate you to strive for more, and Level 3 evokes empowerment by showing an understanding of the process.
What is included in the challenge?
Our Strive to Thrive Challenge starts with an individual screening that is both subjective (question- naires) and objective (InBody Systems) that are based on your goals, needs, and activities. From that screening, you will receive:
- Weekly sessions with your DHF Coach via live and phone
- Vitality Handbook
Programs will be accessible on our DHF CoachFit App and the Vitality Handbook will be provided to monitor habits.
What are examples of the habits we will be asked to work on?
Habits will be based on nutrition, movement, and recovery. Each participant will be asked to per- form one of those habits per week. An example of a Level 1 Recovery habit would be to take a breathing break. A Level 3 Movement habit would be to build a workout. A Level 3 Nutrition habit would be to eat only Whole Foods.
What is the cost to enter the challenge?
The cost for the 12 week program is $299.
Emily became interested in nutrition during high school after learning how big of a role food has in our health, life, weight and performance through working with a dietitian to regain her own health. She attended Marywood University and was selected to be in an accelerated program that allowed her to complete her Bachelor’s degree and 1200 mandatory internship hours all in her 4 years there. She is has a Master’s degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Nutrition from Concordia University of Chicago and has the Certification in Applied Functional Science from the Gray Institute. She has a passion of working with individuals of all ages to help foster better nutrition habits and help them reach their health and fitness goals.
Emily has partnered with area high schools and businesses to give nutrition presentations to their students and clients, as well as work with the NFL and National Dairy Council’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program which advocates for nutrition and physical activity for today’s youth to live healthier lives.