|Healthy food choices
Eating healthy food in today’s fast-paced world can be a challenge. Here are some tools to help you make sure you are eating well at home and on the go.
- Select healthy foods - My Plate provides interactive tools to help you make smart choices and find a balance between food and physical activity.
- Read the label - Test your knowledge of food labels.
- Learn about portion sizes - Take the portion distortion quiz and find out how much physical activity you need to burn off the extra calories provided by today's portions.
- Eat healthy at work - Encourage your workplace to adopt healthy food guidelines and energize your vending machines using Fit Pick®.
- Prevent chronic disease - Many Americans are at risk for developing chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer or heart disease. Healthy lifestyles make a difference. The following Web sites offer information on healthy choices and reducing the chances of developing one of these chronic diseases.
Fruits and vegetables
More Matters® - Eating fruits and vegetables helps lower rates of stroke, cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer. Visit More Matters®to find out how many fruits and veggies you need for a healthy diet.
Eating healthy on a budget
Eating healthy doesn’t have to break your budget. Following are tips to help stretch your food dollars.
- Prepare a shopping list.
- Avoid impulse purchases.
- Check the store ads and purchase sale items.
- Purchase store brands.
- Avoid shopping when you are hungry.
- Purchase fruits and vegetables in season, and use canned or frozen choices.
- Prepare meals with less meat; use more dried beans, nuts and tofu for protein.
- Reduce prepared foods and increase meals cooked from basic ingredients.
- Limit meals away from home.
Apply for food and health insurance and find resources in your neighborhood online at ParentHelp123.
Looking for new ways to prepare healthy foods that your family will love? The following Web sites will get you started: