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Making Smart Food Choices

Everyday Fitness Ideas from the National Institute on Aging at NIH

Making Smart Food Choices

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To maintain a healthy weight, balance the calories you take in from food and beverages with the calories burned through physical activity.

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Regular physical activity and a healthy diet go hand in hand. Go4Life points you to wise food choices important for good health: eat a variety of healthy foods, fill up half of your plate with fruits and vegetables, and limit solid fats and added sugars.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest you:

  • Try to choose grain products made from whole grains.
  • Vary your veggies. Brighten your plate with vegetables that are red, orange, and dark green.
  • Eat more fruit. Try some you haven't eaten before.
  • Choose lean meats, poultry, seafood, beans, eggs, and nuts.
  • Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products.
  • Get plenty of fluids each day such as water, fat-free or low-fat milk, and low-sodium broth-based soups.
  • Limit saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugars.

Some tips to help you get started:

  • Breakfast is a good time to enjoy foods with fiber. Try unsweetened, whole-grain, or bran cereals and add fruit such as berries and bananas.
  • Snack on unpeeled apples, pears, and peaches. Don't forget to rinse them before eating.
  • Season foods with lemon juice, herbs, or spices.
  • Broil, roast, bake, steam, microwave, or boil foods instead of frying.
  • Use oils instead of solid fats, like butter, when cooking.
  • Read What's On Your Plate?, the National Institute on Aging guide to healthy eating.
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What's On Your Plate? is based on the nutrition recommendations for older adults in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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