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Healthwise E-links – Fruits & Veggies Matter

September is just around the corner, and for many of us that means a new school year, the end of summer vacations, and our lives getting busier again. With the possibility of hectic schedules and added stress, it’s even more important to eat healthy. In honor of Fruits & Veggies—More Matters Month this September, help people get the servings they need for a balanced diet. We’ve got tips on making a plan to eat healthy, adding more fruits and veggies to what you eat, and helping your child create healthy eating habits, and they’re all in the Healthwise Knowledgebase.

Tips for eating well

fresh fruit in a bowl.Eating healthy is important. Whether you want to lose weight, have more energy, or help prevent or control health conditions like type 2 diabetes and heart disease, eating well can help. So what does it mean to eat healthy? It really starts with eating a balanced diet from each food group—grains, protein, vegetables, fruits, and dairy—most days. In fact, experts recommended that half your plate be fruits and veggies! For tips on how to add more fruits and veggies to your diet, and other ways you can eat healthier, check out this resource full of helpful guides. [Create a hyperlink to the Healthy Eating Learning Center on your website. DOCHWID=center1020]

Create your healthy eating plan

When you try to develop new habits, making a plan ahead of time can help you be more successful. So if you’ve decided to start eating healthier, why not make a healthy eating plan? You’ll want to start by thinking about what’s motivating you to make this change. This will help you set short-term and long-term goals. Then you’ll need to decide how you’ll track your progress. You might want to use an app on your phone to record what you eat, or you could write it in a journal. The next step is thinking about what might get in the way of your success and how you’ll deal with these barriers when you hit them. And finally, you’ll want to find support and encouragement. For help creating your plan for success, refer to this handy guide. [Create a hyperlink to the Healthy Eating: Starting a Plan for Change Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=zx3211]

Easy ways to add more fruits and veggies

Juicy watermelon. Luscious blueberries. Tender summer squash. Is your mouth watering yet? Whether you’re hosting a cookout, looking for a yummy side dish to make, or craving a snack, these popular summer fruits and veggies are a great choice. And adding more fruits and veggies to your diet is a great way to improve your nutrition at the same time. We can help you change eating fruits and veggies from a “need to do” into a “want to do”! Use these quick tips to make it easy, pump up the flavor, stay focused, and take small steps. [Create a hyperlink to the Quick Tips: Adding Fruits and Vegetables to Your Diet Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=ud3719]
Get started with healthy eating

Want to feel your best, handle stress better, have more energy, and help prevent health issues like type 2 diabetes? Healthy eating is the ticket! So what does it mean to eat healthy? It starts with adding more fruits, veggies, and whole grains to your diet. It also means cutting back on foods that have a lot of fat, salt, and sugar. Healthy eating is about listening to your body, eating in moderation, and varying your food choices. Balance, variety, and moderation will all help you get the nutrients your body needs. Use this helpful guide to learn how to get started with healthy eating, how to stay on track, and so much more! [Create a hyperlink to the Healthy Eating Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=nutri]

Help your child eat well

As a parent you may worry about whether your child is eating too much or too little, or whether he or she is getting the nutrients needed for normal growth. It’s normal to worry, so don’t sweat it! Babies cry when they’re hungry and they stop eating when they’re full. But it’s more complicated for toddlers and older children, especially once they decide which foods they like and don’t like. So how do you help support your child’s healthy eating habits? Eating together as a family is a great way to start. Children will also follow your example, so make sure everyone has nutritious food options for meals and snack time. Learn more about how you can help your child eat well with this resource on healthy eating. [Create a hyperlink to the Healthy Eating for Children Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=tn9188]

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