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Eating Healthy

toddler eating an apple Eating well is important for good health. Being overweight or obese can put you at increased risk for many diseases, including heart disease and diabetes. Here are some tips for eating well and maintaining a healthy weight:
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Packing items like apples, bananas, celery, and carrot sticks when you are on the go is an easy way to add heart-healthy fruits and vegetables to your day.

  • Eat whole grains, like brown rice, whole-wheat bread and whole-grain pasta. Limit refined grains, like white rice and white bread.

  • Choose fish, poultry, lean meats, beans, eggs, nuts, and low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products. Limit red meat, and avoid bacon, cold cuts, and other processed meats.

  • Drink very low-calorie beverages, like water and unsweetened tea, or beverages that are nutritious, like fat-free or low-fat milk. Avoid sugary drinks.

  • Use healthy fats, such as canola and olive oils. Avoid unhealthy fats, such as lard, butter and trans fat-containing foods.

  • Watch your portions. When eating at home, serve food on individual plates, instead of putting serving dishes on the table. Fill half your plate with vegetables. When eating out, share a main course with a friend or take half home.

  • Keep to recommended calorie levels for your age, gender, weight and physical activity level. Learn more about recommended daily calorie intake guidelines.

► Learn about the Health Department's
healthy eating initiatives for New Yorkers.


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