Guidelines for Healthy Eating

Three simple suggestions can help families make healthy food choices:

  1. Balance calories with physical activity to manage weight
  2. Consume more of certain foods and nutrients such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free and low-fat-dairy products
  3. Consume fewer foods with sodium (salt), saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, added sugars, and refined grains.*

* The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, prepared by U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Joetta Redlin, MS, RD, LD, registered dietitian and director of nutrition services at Winneshiek Medical Center says, “Obesity rates are increasing across the county and the guidelines identify the underlying problems contributing to obesity rates.  If Americans make even a few of the suggested changes to their diet, their health has the potential to dramatically improve now and throughout their lifetime.”

Redlin, agreeing with the guideline experts, provides easy-to-try suggestions for how families can make changes to their diet:

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less
  • Avoid oversized portions
  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk
  • Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread and frozen meals – and choose foods with lower numbers
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks

Winneshiek Medical Center dietitians are available to help you understand the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 and can collaborate with you to create a personalized eating plan.  To speak to a Winneshiek Medical Center dietitian about how to improve your diet, call 563-382-2911.

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