Good nutrition has a positive effect on mental and physical well-being. Healthy eating can help Oklahomans live stronger and healthier lives. It can also help reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, some cancers, stroke and diabetes.
Unhealthy habits formed during childhood
Limited access to fresh and affordable produce
Increased portion sizes
Busy lifestyle leaving less time for family meals
Remember, healthy eating begins at birth. Breast milk is the ideal food for babies and breastfeeding is beneficial for mothers, too.
Eating better means making healthy choices, such as choosing nutrient rich foods, reducing unhealthy fat and excess calories, monitoring salt and sugar intake, and drinking more water. Small changes can make a big difference in your health. Try making changes one step at a time. Try one of the following tips for one week and add another one the next week. With time and patience, you can improve your current eating habits or make your good eating habits even better!
- Enjoy your food, but eat less
- Avoid oversized portions
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
- Drink water instead of sugary drinks
- Consume more low-fat (1%) and fat-free dairy products like yogurt, cheese and milk
- Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals-and choose the foods with lower numbers
More information and resources on eating better can be found
choosemyplate.gov and fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org.
Last Modified on 02/08/2012