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Preventive Care and Healthy Eating

​​​​​​​​​​​​Poor diet choices have long-term consequences for your health.

You can trace many of the preventable forms of death to our food choices.

It's not difficult to learn good diet habits, however some basic information about nutrition will make the process easier.

The goal of health eating is more than losing weight. Health eating helps you enjoy a better quality of life.

​You will feel better because your body will be getting the nutrients it needs to fight off disease and aging.

Here are some important tips:

ChooseMyPlate.gov​ - A great place to start is with some basic information on smart choices for health eating. The United States Department of Agriculture has new information on nutrition and daily requirements..

Food labels - Almost any food you buy today must have a nutrition label that lists some basic information about the product. Be careful when using food labels to determine calorie intake and so on. Many labels report the food's information based on an unusually small serving size. This can fool you into thinking a food is low calorie.

Fats - Fat in your diet can lead to heart attacks and other serious health consequences. Limit fats in your diet.

Sugars - Sugars occur naturally in a variety of foods, however sugar-laden soft drinks, sugar snacks and other processed foods add many unnecessary calories to our daily menus. Avoid or limit food and snacks with high levels of sugar. Select foods that offer nutrients such as vitamins and minerals, which are missing from many snack foods.

Fiber - Fiber is an important part of every diet. It aid digestion and helps lower blood cholesterol. Fiber is found in plant foods. High fiber foods tend to be lower in fat and are more filling, so they help you maintain a healthy weight.

 

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