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Benefits of Healthy Eating

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that 35.7% of adults and 17% of children ages 2-19 are obese. Weight problems lead to many health risks, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. One of the best ways to control your weight is through developing healthy eating habits in conjunction with regular exercise.


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What is Healthy Eating?

Although you may be more familiar with the food pyramid, the United States Department of Agriculture has revised these guidelines through MyPlate. This simple concept shows the right proportions of types of food to be eating at each meal: fruits and veggies should take up half of your plate and then balance the other half with grains and proteins. In addition, you should have dairy products, like milk, regularly.

Benefits of Healthy Eating

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is the best way to give your body the nutrients it needs without consuming excess of what it doesn't need. As you eat a healthy diet, you'll find that you tend to have more energy and feel less sluggish. In addition, eating a healthy diet can help you lose weight and reach a healthy BMI (body mass index). If you are currently overweight or obese, losing weight can reduce your risk for disease in the future.

Types of Food and Their Benefits

  • Vegetables have dietary fiber that helps lower cholesterol levels and provide a feeling of fullness, plus many vegetables that provide vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and folate.
  • Fruit is low fat and does not contain cholesterol, while providing essential nutrients like vitamin C, folate, and potassium, which can help regulate blood pressure.
  • Grains contain B vitamins and many important minerals, including iron. Whole grains not only have more vitamins and minerals, but they also provide more dietary fiber.
  • Protein provides essential amino acid building blocks for the body and have B vitamins, vitamin E, and many minerals. Choose lean proteins to limit fat intake.
  • Dairy has calcium for healthy bones and often is fortified with vitamin D, which helps in calcium absorption.

Start now to develop healthy eating habits for you and your Family to improve your nutrition and manage your weight. In addition, consider signing up you kids for the Get Fit, Be Strong through Army MWR.


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