Healthy Eating

Why is it important?

Eating well affects every part of your life, from physical well-being to mental clarity. Here are just a few ways that including fresh foods in your diet can help:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables can reduce your risk of:
    • Heart disease
    • Obesity
    • Stroke
    • Type II diabetes
    • High blood pressure
  • Vegetables are low in fat and calories, which can aid in weight loss
  • Vitamin C, found in many fruits and vegetables, can help the body heal faster and keep teeth and gums healthy
  • Vegetables high in fiber can lower cholesterol
  • Foods rich in potassium, like carrots and tomatoes, can help maintain healthy blood pressure
  • Eating a healthy breakfast has been proven to lead to better performance at work and school
  • Because the brain is 80 percent water, drinking water helps to ensure focus and mental ability

Get started

Introduce small changes to your diet to see huge rewards! Here are a few ways to get started:

  • Buy fresh produce at your local farmers market or community garden
  • Let your children decide what veggies to put in salads
  • Make a green salad your main dish at lunch
  • Gotta have pizza? Make veggies your toppings of choice
  • Grill veggie kabobs as part of your BBQ
  • Use a low-fat dressing as a veggie dip
  • If you have to buy canned veggies, choose low or reduced sodium options

Sources:

  1. http://www.choosemyplate.gov/
  2. http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/water_health_benefits