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Eat Healthy


The Benefits

Eating a healthy diet can help keep your body strong and fit. It feels good to know you are making healthy choices that can change your life.

A healthy diet can help protect you from:

  • Heart disease
  • Bone loss
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Some cancers such as colorectal cancer

What if I am Overweight?
If you eat foods high in calories, sugar, and fat and don't get enough exercise, you could become overweight or obese. That means you have too much body fat. To stay a healthy weight, you need to balance the calories you eat with the calories you use up. Use this Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator External Link to learn if you are at a healthy weight.

If you are overweight or obese, losing just 10 pounds may lower your risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure

Start Today: Small Steps
  • Print out this food diary to keep track of what you eat.
  • Make a shopping list with healthy snacks like fruit and non-fat yogurt.
  • Send an e-card to encourage a friend or family member to eat healthy foods.

Learn how eating healthy relates to heart disease; overweight and obesity; and colorectal cancer.

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