Healthy Eating

Healthy eating is not just a diet or a program; it is a key to a healthy lifestyle!

By choosing healthy foods you can:

  • have more energy.
  • sleep better.
  • reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and certain cancers.
  • sharpen your memory.
  • help you achieve and maintain a healthy BMI and weight.

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Healthy eating starts with learning about balance, variety, and moderation.

Balance

  • Take charge of the food groups you eat. Include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat versions of milk and milk products, lean meats, fish and poultry.
  • Eat when you are hungry and stop when you feel satisfied.
  • Limit the amount of salt you eat. Eating too much salt can cause high blood pressure and lead to other health problems.

Variety

  • Be adventurous. Don't choose the same fruit and vegetable every time. Try something new.
  • Eating a variety of foods each day will help you get all the nutrients you need.
  • Choose sparkling water instead of sweet drinks or alcoholic beverages.

Moderation

  • Don’t have too much or too little of one food or food group. All foods, if eaten in moderation can be a part of healthy eating.

Healthy eating starts with learning about balance, variety, and moderation.

Balance

  • Take charge of the food groups you eat. Include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat versions of milk and milk products, lean meats, fish and poultry.
  • Eat when you are hungry and stop when you feel satisfied.
  • Limit the amount of salt you eat. Eating too much salt can cause high blood pressure and lead to other health problems.

Variety

  • Be adventurous. Don't choose the same fruit and vegetable every time. Try something new.
  • Eating a variety of foods each day will help you get all the nutrients you need.
  • Choose sparkling water instead of sweet drinks or alcoholic beverages.

Moderation

  • Don’t have too much or too little of one food or food group. All foods, if eaten in moderation can be a part of healthy eating.

Before Pregnancy

Being at a healthy weight before getting pregnant has been linked to a healthy pregnancy and birth. If you do not weigh enough it can be hard to get pregnant and can increase your chances of having a low-weight baby. If you are overweight you have a larger chance of problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure or having a premature baby.

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Folic acid is a B vitamin that helps the body makes new cells. The body does not use the natural form of folic acid as easily as the manmade form. All women should take a multivitamin with at least 400 micrograms of folic acid every day.

Folic acid can do the following:

  • Reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Reduce the risk of some types of cancer
  • Prevent anemia
  • Prevent major birth defects including spina bifida

Learn more about achieving and maintain a healthy weight from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by visiting Healthy Weight - it's not a diet, it's a lifestyle!





Page last updated: April 12, 2017