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“Goya, Oh Boy-a!”

It looks like Goya is giving First Lady Michelle Obama and the Latino community a reason to start shouting “Goya, Oh Boy-a!” again.

Goya Foods is promoting USDA’s MyPlate, or MiPlato, which replaced the ancient Food Pyramid model we had learned to associate with healthy eating. MiPlato is a much easier way to remember the correct portion sizes you should have for each food group on your plate.

This collaboration between Goya Foods, USDA, and Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative promises to be a great way to help parents make healthy food choices for their families. Besides producing brochures, posters, and an official MiPlato cookbook, Goya will also develop lesson plans for 4th through 6th grade students, using frijolitos as education characters. And just when you thought beans couldn’t get any better!

Read more at The White House.

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

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