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Fueling your body with proper nutrients is essential to living a long and healthy life. A nutritious diet can help you achieve a healthy weight, as well as help reduce the risk of serious health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and obesity. For people with chronic diseases, healthy eating also can assist in managing their condition, as well as in preventing complications.
Every March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics promotes the power of healthy eating through an annual campaign. During this time, we are encouraged to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits. This year's theme is Fuel for the Future. For more information, click here.
Bump up the fiber. Fiber helps maintain digestive health and helps you feel fuller, longer.
Cut back on sodium. Eating too much sodium can raise your risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.
Limit added sugars. Having too much sugar in your diet can contribute to weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
Aim for a variety of colors. Fruits and vegetables of different hues, such as dark leafy greens, oranges, and tomatoes, and even fresh herbs, are loaded with vitamins, fiber, and minerals.
Read some healthy eating tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here.
Understanding the food label
Start with the serving information at the top. This will tell you the size of a single serving and the total number of servings per package.
Check the total calories per serving and container. If you double the servings you consume, you double the calories and nutrients.
Make sure you are getting enough essential nutrients. The right amount of calcium, dietary fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, C, D, and E is important.
Read more about food labels here.
Don't Feed Your Feelings WW webinar. Join WeightWatchers' Allison Grupski, vice president for behavior change strategies and coaching, and coach Sophie W. at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, as they discuss emotional eating and share strategies for managing those situations. Register here.