A healthy lifestyle starts with healthy eating. Healthy eating is possible when you know what foods your body needs, those foods are accessible, and you choose to make healthy foods a part of your daily diet.
You can create and maintain a
healthy eating pattern by making small, manageable changes. Check out
EatRight.org or the
2015 Dietary Guidelines published by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and of Agriculture to see if you’re on track:
how to properly read nutrition labels will help you make better decisions about what foods and beverages you choose to put into your body.
The serving size tells you how many calories and nutrients you will consume within a measured amount. The more servings you consume, the greater the calories and nutrients you intake.
Calories are energy we get from food. Your body needs this energy to function properly, but eating too many calories per day is linked to obesity. As a general, per-serving guideline:
Most American consume enough or too much fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Eating too much of these nutrients may increase your risk of chronic disease, some cancers, or high blood pressure. Limit your intake of saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol as much as possible.
Most Americans don't get enough dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron in their diets. Eating adequate amounts of these nutrients can help improve heart health, digestion, and immunity.
Farmers markets connect communities with fresh, local products like seasonal fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and meat and provide areas known as food deserts with access to affordable food. Find a market near you:
One way you can increase access to healthy foods in underserved populations is by donating to your local food pantry or food bank. The following is a
list of healthy food items you can donate today:
Shelf-stable milk or non-dairy alternatives such as soy and almond milk
Interested in hosting a food drive? Contact
firstname.lastname@example.org for tips and ideas.