There are so many different messages about what to eat and what not to eat, it can be confusing. Basically, there are five things to consider when it comes to your diet:

  1. What are you eating now?

    • Figuring out how your daily diet compares with what's recommended will give you the information you need to start making changes and feeling better. Use a printable food and exercise diary. Fill it out for a week and see what your diet really looks like!
  2. Are you making good choices?

    • What do you already know about healthy eating? Take this quiz and find out!
  3. It's all about little changes.

    • Making little, healthy changes to your life will help you feel better, no matter how good (or bad) your diet is. Tips to get started.
  4. Healthy eating starts at birth.

    • Why pay for formula when breast milk is free? It offers great nutrition, is readily available and helps the mother heal after child birth. More breastfeeding information.
  5. Family dinners make a difference.

    • Research shows that families who eat together tend to eat more nutritious meals and be healthier. More information on the benefits of family dinner time and conversation starters to make it fun!

Click here to learn how Cook County Department of Public Health is helping bring more nutritious food to suburban Cook County.

Eating healthy can be difficult when balancing family, work, school and more, but it's not impossible. Use these tips to stay healthy.