WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on March 13 announced a new campaign to push people toward making healthier food choices.

Building on the existing My Plate program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched Start Simple with MyPlate, a new initiative that will offer tips on making healthy choices for the five major food groups.

“The goal of this campaign is to provide easy things you can do to improve daily food choices,” Mr. Perdue said. “The MyPlate team will provide ideas and inspirations that we can easily incorporate into our busy lives.”

Some of the basic tips include varying protein routine, drinking and eating less sodium, saturated fat and added sugars, and moving to low-fat or fat-free milk or yogurt.

In the grains food group, the U.S.D.A.’s tips include adding brown rice to stir-fry dishes, using whole grain bread when making a sandwich, and packing a whole grain snack for work.

MyPlate was adopted in 2011 after replacing the Food Pyramid, which was introduced in 1992 and later revised in 2005.

For more information, visit https://www.choosemyplate.gov/start-simple-myplate.