It's important for everyone to have healthy eating habits. Eating better can help you:
  • Look, feel and think better

  • Control your weight

  • Have more energy

  • Lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and some cancers

Eating better doesn't mean you have to give up all of your favorite foods. It just means eating more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and non- or low-fat dairy products. Also, remember to limit foods that are high in calories, sugar, sodium, and fat.

Fruits and Veggies

Fruits and Vegetables are low in calories and come in a many colors, shapes and sizes. They are also packed with vitamins and have lots of fiber that keeps you feeling full.

Fruits and veggies are always easy to grab for a great snack. It doesn't matter if you buy them fresh, frozen, canned or as 100% juice; they all count! Look for fruits with no added sugar or syrup. Also, look for vegetables with no added salt, butter, or cream.

Staying healthy is a balance between eating healthy foods and getting regular physical activity. Read more about physical activity and how many minutes of activity you should be getting each week.

For more tips on how you can eat better, visit Mass in Motion at www.mass.gov/massinmotion .

To download materials on healthy eating and physical activity, visit the Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse at www.maclearinghouse.com.

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This information is provided by the Wellness Unit within the Department of Public Health.