The way you eat has a lot to do with how healthy you are – and how healthy you stay. There are many ways to build a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. Choosing to eat healthier foods can be easy if you break big changes into small steps.
Put them all together and these small steps can lead to big benefits such as lowering high blood pressure, helping control weight and reducing the risk for other chronic diseases including cancer, diabetes, stroke and heart disease. Take action on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 by making changes in these three areas.
Choose steps that work for you and start today.
- Enjoy your food, but eat less.
- Avoid oversized portions.
Foods to Increase
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
- Make at least half your grains whole grains.
- Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
Foods to Reduce
- Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals - and choose the foods with lower numbers.
- Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
Visit the Healthy Eating Resources page for additional health and nutrition information.
Last Reviewed 4/10/12