Plan for Success

Eating the right types and amount of food can help keep you healthy and lower your risk of getting long-lasting diseases like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion recommends starting with the following steps to help make your diet healthier:

Balancing Calories

    • Enjoy your food, but eat less.
    • Avoid oversized portions.

Foods to Increase

    • Make sure half your plate is fruits and vegetables.
    • Make at least half your grains whole grains.
    • Switch to skim or 1% milk.

Foods to Reduce

    • Compare the salt (sodium) in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals -- and choose foods with lower numbers. Click here for a helpful way to watch your sodium.
    • Drink water or milk instead of sugary drinks.

Want meal ideas that follow the MyPlate guidelines? Check out the MyPlate Recipes Pinterest board


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