Health Dept Home
 

Eat right:

 

Good nutrition is much more than a “diet,” it’s a way of life.  Instead of focusing on what you “can’t” have, focus on nutritious foods, and choose more of them more often.  To help us all make healthier choices, the USDA publishes the Dietary Guidelines for Americans every five years.  The most current guidelines are from 2005.  A new set of guidelines will be released in 2010. 

 

Recommendations from the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans:

  • Make smart choices in every food group

  • Find your balance between food and physical activity

  • Get the most nutrition out of your calories

 

To get the most nutrition out of your calories, keep in mind that a healthy diet is one that:

  • Emphasizes fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low fat dairy products

  • Includes smart protein choices like lean meats, fish, poultry, eggs, beans and nuts

  • Is low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars

 

Mix up your choices in each food group:

  • Vary your veggies

  • Focus on fruits

  • Make half your grains whole

  • Get your calcium rich foods

  • Go lean with protein

 

And finally, know the limits of fat, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars and be sure to read nutrition labels so you can stay on track. 

 

You can download a free brochure on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Finding Your Way to a Healthier You, with more information on how you can have a healthy diet, by clicking here (link to http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/Publications/DietaryGuidelines/2005/2005DGConsumerBrochure.pdf).

 

 For information on healthy nutrition, check out these links:

www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.gov- information on fruits and vegetables.  Geared towards families, and includes recipes and tips to help get your kids eating more fruits and veggies.