Government introduces food pyramid for kids

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP)_The government hopes a spaceship computer game will help kids eat properly.

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns showed the game to some students at a Northern Virginia grade school today, and some of them ate it up.  It's part of a new Food Pyramid for kids aged six to eleven.

In the computer game, the ship only makes it to Planet Power if kids load it up with the right combination of healthy food -- fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lowfat or fat-free milk and lean meat.

There is some criticism of the new program. The executive director of the Washington-based Center for Science in the Public Interest, Michael Jacobsen, says the program's materials don't urge kids to drink less soda pop, or to eat less candy.

He says if the government really wants to improve kids' eating habits, it would get junk food out of schools and ban junk food advertising on television.

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