Healthy eating

Healthy eating helps children grow, develop and do well in school. It prevents childhood and adolescent problems such as obesity and iron-deficiency anemia. It also lowers the risk of future chronic disease such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer, and it reduces potential health-care costs.

Try to follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans as recommended by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Aim for fitness

  • Try to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Be physically active each day.

Build a healthy base

  • Let the "MyPlate" model guide your choices.
  • Choose a variety of grains daily, especially whole grains.
  • Select a variety of fruits and vegetables daily.
  • Keep food safe to eat.

Choose sensibly

  • Choose a diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol and moderate in total fat.
  • Opt for beverages and foods to moderate your intake of sugars.
  • Select and prepare foods with less salt.


About this page

  • For questions: Tammy Lane
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  • Updated: April 29, 2016