MyPlate has a goal of reaching people with practical how-tos where they need to make a food decision. Social Media is a great tool for learning about healthy eating and physical activity, sharing information with others, and supporting the health habits of friends, family, and classmates. Here are some tips to get you started:
- Twitter: Make sure to follow ChooseMyPlate.gov on Twitter @MyPlate and use hashtag #MyPlate when tweeting about MyPlate On Campus. Who else is on Twitter? @NIH_ODS, @Nutrition_gov, and @FitnessGov
- Facebook: Facebook is one way to build an online community to promote health and wellness. Advertise healthy campus events or create a group and support each other’s efforts to be more healthy through photos, likes, and shares. Be sure to follow MyPlate Facebook and tell us about how your campus is using MyPlate! USDA is also on Facebook.
- Pinterest: This social media tool is all about images! Pictures are worth a thousand words and this is a great way to share healthy recipes and encourage regular physical activity. Look for inspiration on healthy eating boards or boards devoted to your favorite physical activity, such as dancing, yoga, soccer, or running. Start pinning your favorite healthy recipes and tips too!
- Blogs: A combination of text, images, and links posted in an interactive way so that other people can comment. Share your experiences as a MyPlate On Campus Ambassador on your school’s blog or start one of your own!
- YouTube: Videos can help with health promotion activities as well. Try posting short videos offering healthy eating tips or interview campus athletes, coaches, and staff about their health habits. Videos can be shared on Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and more!
- And don’t forget about your school's health pages. If your campus health promotion office doesn’t have a social media presence already, make it one of your MyPlate On Campus Ambassador projects to get one started. Always coordinate with and gain approval from campus organizations or administrators as necessary.