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Eat Healthy


The Basics

Am I Eating a Healthy Diet?
Your body needs the right vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to stay healthy. A healthy diet means that you are eating:

  • Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat milk products
  • Fish, poultry, lean meats, eggs, beans, and nuts

Stay away from:

  • Cholesterol, sodium (salt), and added sugars
  • Trans fats – trans fats may be in foods like cakes, cookies, stick margarines, and other fried foods
  • Saturated fats – these fats come from animal products like cheese, fatty meats, whole milk, and butter.

There are tools on the Internet that can help you find out if you are eating a healthy diet. MyPyramid Menu Planner can help you choose healthy snacks and meals.

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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