What is healthy eating?

Healthy eating is not about strict dieting or not eating the foods you love. Healthy eating starts with learning how to “eat smart”—it’s not just what you eat, but how you eat. By eating healthy you can lower your risk of illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, as well as defend against depression. Good eating habits can boost your energy, sharpen your memory and stabilize your mood. You can try foods you never had before and learn how to plan ahead to create and maintain a satisfying, healthy diet.

What are some common challenges to eating healthy and what are the solutions?

  • Having access to healthy foods

    We know it’s important to choose healthy food such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy to stay healthy. Being able to access to affordable foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy allows residents to have a selection of healthier foods to include in their meals which leads to healthier communities. Not all communities have access to healthy affordable food options. Learn more…
  • Is healthy food available?

    There are different places people can buy or have access to healthy food. Grocery stores, farmers’ markets, restaurants, community gardens and personal gardens. The different places to find or buy food are called a food environment. Not all communities have the same food environments. Some communities have very little healthy food options in their food environment and that’s a problem. Learn more…
  • Time and busy schedules

    Many people are faced with busy schedules and trying to stay healthy in while balancing family, work, school and more can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Stay healthy by preparing healthy food options in advance or choose healthier options if you eat out. Learn more…
  • Sugar Sweetened Beverages

    Sugar loaded beverages, also known as sugar sweetened beverages, contain added sweeteners, and extra calories, but no nutritional value. Sugary drinks are the single greatest source of calories in the American diet, providing approximately 10% of the total average calories per day. Learn more…