To My Plate and Beyond

Meet Max, a 7-year-old learning about MyPlate in school. He likes to share these simple eating guidelines with his best pal, Munch – especially before bedtime. Tonight the MyPlate appears in Max’s dream, and it can fly! So, he and Munch climb aboard and go off on a healthy food adventure. 

Max and Munch encounter a variety of displays; each one presents information about the five MyPlate sections: fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins, and dairy. First, the flying saucer brings them to a very cool supermarket. Here Max and Munch run around to the five areas of MyPlate - each featuring fun activities. Next stop, a community garden where Max learns that even in an urban setting you can use large containers to grow vegetables in your backyard or on your balcony. From there they spy drive-thru and sit down restaurants; these areas encourage family conversation about making healthy choices when eating out. And for some exercise Max and Munch try their turn on the Hot Plate to see what they’ve learned on their journey so far.

This exhibit provides exciting opportunities to experience hands-on benefits of healthy eating habits! 

To My Plate and Beyond was organized by the Purdue Agriculture Exhibit Design Center and made possible through the support of the American Dairy Association and Indiana's Dairy Farm Families.

To My Plate and Beyond will be here from January 21 to May 14 and is sponsored by Via Christi!

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Exhibit Programs

Trail of the Week


Walk Manhattan to win a free rental! Each week we'll feature a different trail from the Manhattan Parks and Trails Trail Guide. Walk the week's featured trail with your group of at least four people, take a picture, and post it to our Facebook page with the hashtag #TrailTravelers. 

Each week, we'll pick one winner to be entered into the final contest. Then, May 7-13 vote for who you want to win on our Facebook page.

The winner earns a free rental for up to forty people here at the Discovery Center! Visit our Facebook to see the Trail of the Week!
Trail of the Week

Your Plate


From now until May 14, submit photos of your healthy dish to our Facebook to win prizes! We're calling every foodie out there to post a picture of their healthy meal to our Facebook with the hashtag #YourPlate.

Each week, we'll pick our top three, then we'll open up the voting for the entire following week. Whoever comes out on top wins a prize!

Your Plate