Healthy Children - October 2017

The Right Tool to Balance Your Diet

 You probably already use the Nutrition Facts label in some way – maybe to check calories, fat or sodium content.  But, the more familiar you are with the information, the more you’ll want to use it daily to ensure you’re eating a healthy, balanced diet.

 Use the label when you shop as you plan your meals, and as you cook each day.  The label makes it easy to determine the amounts of nutrients you’re getting and to compare one product to another.

 Strive for a diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products.  Include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, and nuts.  Choose foods that are low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugar.

 Regular physical activity is important for your overall health and fitness.  It also helps you control body weight by balancing the calories you take in from food with the calories you expend each day.  For more information, visit