How much do you know about the food on your plate? Different foods are packed with different nutrients and can provide a variety of health benefits.
These days with restaurants serving huge plates of food, oversized drink cups, and "snacks" that could easily be confused for entrées, it's hard to tell how much is one serving. Even if you can't see the food label, there's some tricks for estimating your portion size.
Nutrition Facts Label
The Nutrition Facts Label was designed with the intention of making it easier for you to make quick, informed food choices for a healthy diet.
Added Sugars, Fats, and Sodium
Overconsumption of added sugars, fats, and sodium are linked to increased risk for developing chronic conditions such as obesity and heart disease. Learning where to find these foods and how to reduce your intake can help prevent these chronic conditions.
My Healthier Living Journal
As part of our Rx for Health program, we offer a Healthy Living Journal. You can use this tool to record your healthy eating habits such as what foods you eat and your daily physical activities.
The Heart of West Michigan's 2-1-1 is a free health and human service hotline that connects callers to more than 2,900 distinct services in Kent County 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Read the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans is intended to help Americans eat a healthy diet. It outlines how people can improve their overall eating patters and has key recommendations with specific nutritional targets and dietary limits.
Check out our Healthy Eating Resources page to find more information about healthy eating, and find resources near you.
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