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 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.