Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Making Every Bite Count

 

The foods and beverages you consume have a significant impact on your health. In fact, 60% of adults have one or more diet-related chronic diseases.

The newly released Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2020-2025) offers science-based nutrition advice to develop healthy eating habits and reduce chronic disease risk. The latest guidance provides four overarching guidelines that encourage healthy eating patterns and recognize that individuals will need to make shifts in their food and beverage choices to achieve a healthy pattern. Make every bite count and consider the following:
  1. Follow a healthy dietary pattern at every life stage.
  2. Customize your foods and beverages to reflect personal preferences, cultural traditions and budgets. 
  3. Focus on meeting food group needs with nutrient-dense foods and beverages, while staying within calorie limits. 
  4. Limit foods and beverages high in added sugars, saturated fats and sodium. 
Everyone can benefit from a healthy eating pattern, so start simple with modest changes each day. For healthy recipes or to learn more about the current guidelines, visit MyPlate.gov. Also download the Live Well Work Well March Newsletter for more information on healthy eating patterns, and tips on prioritizing your sleep.

For more information on healthcare and employee benefits changes, contact HANYS Benefit Services by email or by calling (800) 388-1963.

This is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. © 2021 Zywave, Inc. All rights reserved.

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