Good nutrition is essential for keeping Americans healthy across the lifespan. A healthy diet helps children grow and develop properly and reduces their risk of chronic diseases, including obesity. Adults who eat a healthy diet live longer and have a lower risk of obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers. Healthy eating can help people with chronic diseases manage these conditions and prevent complications.
Most Americans, however, do not have a healthy diet. Although breastfeeding is the ideal source of nutrition for infants, only 1 in 4 is exclusively breastfed through 6 months of age as recommended. Fewer than 1 in 10 adults and adolescents eat enough fruits and vegetables, and 9 in 10 Americans aged 2 years or older consume more than the recommended amount of sodium.
In addition, 6 in 10 young people aged 2 to 19 years and 5 in 10 adults consume a sugary drink on a given day. Processed foods and sugary drinks add unneeded sodium, saturated fats, and sugar to many diets, increasing the risk of chronic diseases.
CDC supports breastfeeding and healthier food and drink choices in settings such as early care and education facilities, schools, worksites, and communities.
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Below are 7 different info-graphics containing healthy meal options and will hopefully inspire you to clean up the fats and sugar filled meals by giving you healthier meal options. Each one can be printed out or you can print all 7 out and follow each one for the next 7 weeks to try something new. These are taken from various websites on the net. Before you make any big diet changes just be sure to consult with your PCP and or research everything you see to decide if it is something healthy and safe for you. It doesn’t matter where or when you see something online, be smart and always double check everything whether it comes from my website or the Mayo Clinic or the NY Times. Everyone has a different pathway to optimum health and certain allergies and foods though healthy can disrupt certain individual health goals.