Eating Well Promotes Health

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Eating healthy is vital for all of us, at any age. Your daily food choices can make an important difference in your health and how you look and feel.  

 

Eating Well Promotes Health

When you eat a balanced diet, eat a good mix of foods to ensure you are getting the nutrients you need to keep your bones, muscles, organs, and other parts of your body healthy. Nutrients include vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fats and water.

Eating healthy has many benefits such as; reducing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, bone loss, some kinds of cancer, and anemia. If you already have one or more of these conditions, eating well and being physically active may help you better manage them.

Tips to Get You Started

  •     Eat many different colors and types of vegetables and fruit
  •     Make sure at least half of your grains are whole grains
  •     Eat only small amounts of solid fats and food with added sugars. Limit saturated fat and trans fat
  •     Eat seafood at least twice a week
  •     Aim for at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week. It might seem like a lot, but broken     down you can do several 10 minute sessions on most days is all it takes!
  •     Remove the salt shaker from your table; decreasing salt intake can lower blood pressure and decrease swollen ankles and feet.

These changes may come easier than you think. Make changes one step at a time. Whatever your age, you can start making positive lifestyle changes today. Eating well can help you stay healthy, independent – and look and feel good – in the years to come.