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

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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