Healthy Food Choices
It all begins here
Making the right choices to fight the obesity epidemic
- Cut back on sugary drinks like soda pop or energy drinks and substitute with water (CDC, 2014).
- Eat breakfast every morning.
- Keep a fresh bowel of fruit cut up to snack on.
- Replace junk food snacks with fruits and vegetables.
- Stay away from fast food.
- Reduce your meal size.
Eating a Balanced Diet
Eating a well balanced diet is essential to staying healthy and preventing disease.
"A calories is defined a unit of of energy supplied by food" (CDC, 2014, para. 2). To maintain your current body weight your calories in must equal your calories burned with physical activity. For most people this is roughly 2000 calories per day. To lose weight to must eat fewer calories than you use (CDC, 2014).
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