Healthy Food Choices

It can be difficult to navigate your way through the maze of food choices available today. Sometimes even the food that seems healthy is loaded with extra calories. Learn how to choose healthy snacks, plan healthy meals, and make healthy eating a part of your life.

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  • After 50: Nutritional Needs

    Nutritional needs change as we age. After age 50, choose food and drinks wisely for your gender, health, and activity…

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  • AIM to Change Food and Activity Journal

    Model your journal after the AIM to Change Food and Activity Journal.

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  • Avoiding Food Hassles With Kids

    Don’t make your child’s food hassles a battle. Be creative, stay calm, and be patient when expanding your child’s mealtime…

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  • Balancing Your Food Plate

    Follow the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate and other guidelines to get a balanced diet and build a healthy…

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  • Caffeine and Kids

    In children, caffeine can raise blood pressure and interfere with sleep. It can make children less aware of being tired…

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  • Changing Your Diet: Choosing Nutrient-rich Foods

    Nutrient-rich (or nutrient-dense) foods contain a lot of vitamins and minerals and few calories. Learn how to change your diet…

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  • Childhood Overweight and Obesity

    Information about the causes of childhood obesity and what you can do to help your overweight child.

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  • Childhood Overweight and Obesity: Helping Your Child Achieve a Healthy Weight

    Information about how healthy eating and regularly exercising can help your child maintain a healthy weight.

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  • Cholesterol and Your Child

    Information about cholesterol levels in children and how you can help your child prevent high cholesterol.

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  • Diet Choices to Prevent Cancer

    Read about the myths and facts of how dietary choices can lower the risk of certain cancers.

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  • Dietary Fats: What’s Good and What’s Bad

    There are different types of good and bad fats. Learn about the benefits and risks of fats, as well as…

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  • Gluten-free Diet

    Gluten-free diets are for people who have celiac disease. Learn how a gluten-free diet can help you.

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  • Healthy Food Trends for 2017

    Experts predict the healthiest food trends for 2017 — some might surprise you.

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  • Healthy Ways to Gain Weight If You’re Underweight

    Being underweight can cause health problems. With a balanced approach, there are many ways to gain and maintain a healthy…

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  • Making Healthy Choices at Fast Food Restaurants

    Eating at a fast food restaurant doesn’t have to be bad for you. Here’s how to make healthier choices.

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  • Nutrition for Weight Loss: What You Need to Know About Fad Diets

    A fad diet is a stylish weight-loss plan that promises dramatic results. Typically, these diets are not healthy and don't…

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  • Nutrition: How to Make Healthier Food Choices

    Learn how to make healthier food choices when you’re selecting and preparing a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein,…

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  • Nutrition: Keeping a Food Diary

    A food diary can help you lose or maintain weight and improve your health. Learn about what to include in…

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  • Nutrition: Tips for Improving Your Health

    Good nutrition is one of the keys to a healthy life. Learn how to improve your health with tips for…

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  • Organic Foods: What You Need to Know

    Organic foods can be a healthier, greener option. Learn about what they are and why they might be a good…

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