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Why it's so important to reach a healthy weight
Reaching and maintaining a healthier weight is
important for your overall health and well being. If you are significantly
overweight, you have a greater risk of developing many diseases including high
blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some forms of cancer. For
obese adults, even losing a few pounds or preventing further weight gain has
What is a "Healthy Diet"?
The Dietary Guidelines describe a healthy diet as one that
- Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole
grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products;
- Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans,
eggs, and nuts; and
- Is low in saturated fats, trans
fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.
TIPS and RESOURCES form
United States Department of Agriculture
Your food and physical activity choices
each day affect your health—how
you feel today, tomorrow, and in the future.
These tips and ideas are a starting point. You will find a wealth of
suggestions here that can help you get started toward a healthy diet. Choose
a change that you can make today, and move toward a healthier you.
Tips to help you:
Make half your grains whole
Vary your veggies
Focus on fruit
Get your calcium rich foods
Go lean with protein
Find your balance between food and physical activity
Details to each of these Tips are