MyPlate Fruits & Veggies Challenge Video Winners

This past September marked the launch of the USDA MyPlate Fruits & Veggies Video Challenge, which invited individuals and teams to create and submit short videos showing how they're adding fruits and vegetables to their diet, without straining their budget.

Entrants were encouraged to produce inspiring and instructive videos illustrating a healthy tip that worked for them and could work for others. Schools, community groups, and families submitted videos in three categories: Tips for Kids, Tips When Eating at Home, and Tips When Eating Away from Home. The goal of the contest was to promote healthy eating habits and raise awareness around the USDA MyPlate dietary guidelines ( which includes filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables. The USDA received 142 submissions and awarded $9,000 in prize money to 1st, 2nd, and Popular Vote winners, plus five videos were selected for honorable mention.

The winners of the MyPlate Fruits & Veggies Video Challenge are as follows:

Tips for Kids
1st Place: On the Go Snack Boxes
You can always have a healthy option by creating these easy to make snack boxes to put in your backpack. A busy student shares how she and her mom wash and cut up a variety of fruits and veggies and store them in individual snack boxes. A great tip for older kids on the go!
2nd Place: Let's Get Involved!
A fun way to get your children excited about fruits and vegetables is to get them involved in the shopping process. Encourage healthy eating habits by letting children select the fruits and vegetables they eat. Let your kids choose!
Popular Choice: “The Fruit and Veggie Pokey!”
These students have a message for you! Listen as these students share their tips for eating more fruits and vegetables while they dance to the “Hokey, Pokey Song.”
Tips When Eating at Home
1st Place: Wrap Rap
A delicious and nutritious wrap is a great way to get more fruits and vegetables. A rapper provides us with an easy to remember “wrap” song to encourage us to make half our plates fruits and vegetables.
2nd Place: Eating Fruits and Veggies without straining your budget
Seasonal, local and grow-your-own options are all good ways to make half of your plate fruits and veggies. Watch this young student as he provides some creative ways to stretch your dollar.
Popular Choice: My Tip: “Think Vegetables First”
Planning a meal for your family? Mom shares how she changed the meals for her family. Think vegetables first when planning a meal and add the rest of the foods to complement the vegetables.
Tips When Eating Away From Home
1st Place: Substitution and Replace…A story of Give and Take
A mom discovers her sons have been hiding junk food and avoiding more nutritional fruits and veggies. Through substitution and replacement her sons discover a healthier way to eat.
2nd Place: Pack Your Lunch Bag with Fruits and Veggies!
Here are some tips for workers/students on the go who wants to make sure they fill half their plate (or lunch bag) with fruits and veggies! It saves tons of money and calories!
Popular Choice: Richmond Avenue Cafe
Kids can make “make half your plate fruits and vegetables” when they eat out, too! A young student applies what he learned in health class at the Richmond Avenue School about healthy eating. Amazing results happen when you eat healthy!
Honorable Mention
MyPlate Tip: Eating More Fruits and Vegetables When You’re Eating Away From Home
This animated couple “rock” their way through tips for eating at a restaurant. This video is based on the Tips for Eating Healthy When Eating Out tips sheet from the 10 tips Nutrition Education Series - and the song I Choose My Plate.
Earthcare 4 Veggies
Growing your own garden is a rewarding, inexpensive and fun way to add variety to your diet with a wide array of fresh fruits and vegetables! All it takes is a small patch of land in your backyard, some sunlight, water and a little home grown appetite.
Fruit Veggie Swag
Get your fruit veggie swag on! Students perform a music video showcasing delicious and healthy ways you can enjoy fruits and vegetables. Young people share how fruits and vegetables—frozen, fresh or canned—are nutritious, and suggest affordable, fun, and tasty ways to prepare them.
My Plate Tip: Put Kids in Charge (I Choose My Plate)
Let your kids choose the fruit they want to eat. An energetic preschooler shows us how he chooses his fruits and vegetables and offers a song to keep all of us mindful of MyPlate. This video is based on the Put Kids in Charge tips sheet from the 10 Tips Nutrition Education Series.
Tips for Eating Healthy When You’re On the Go
Want to eat healthy on the go? Plan ahead and pack your own healthy treats of fruits and veggies. You won’t be tempted to buy sweets and fried snacks with these tips!

Visit the MyPlate Fruits & Veggies Video Challenge to view all the great submissions that were entered.

Congratulations, winners, and thanks again to everyone who voted and participated! Nasco is proud to be an active USDA Strategic Partner.