Healthy Eating

Eating healthy means giving your body nutritious foods in the right amounts. When people eat healthy foods in the right amounts, they find it easier to manage their weight and prevent chronic (long-lasting) diseases.

Why is eating healthy important?

Good nutrition can help you prevent unhealthy conditions and illnesses, including:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overweight and obesity

Learning healthy eating habits can make you look and feel better now and keep you healthy for the future. Healthy eating can help you:

  • Control weight
  • Have daily nutrients
  • Improve brain and body function
  • Strengthen bones, muscles and joints
  • Boost energy levels
  • Improve immune system

There are lots of healthy foods you can eat including:

  • Fresh fruits* (any fruit or 100% fruit juice counts)
  • Vegetables* (any vegetable or 100% vegetable juice counts)
  • Fat-free or low-fat milk (butter, cream, sour cream and cream cheese do NOT count)
  • Whole grains
  • Lean meats and poultry (meats and chicken with lower fat content)
  • Seafood (eat at least 8 oz. per week)
  • Beans, unsalted nuts and seeds
  • Eggs

* may be eaten fresh, frozen, canned or dried

Washoe County Food Policy Council

In October 2011, the Washoe County District Board of Health established the Washoe County Food Policy Council as a volunteer public/private partnership to bring together representation from all sectors of the Food System for networking, collaboration, and promotion of access to healthy foods. The Washoe County Food Policy Council is charged with implementing the goals of the Washoe County Food Plan (Access to Healthy Food in Washoe County: A Framework for Food System Design) and to work toward reducing barriers so that all residents have access to healthy food.  Click for more information about the Washoe County Food Policy Council or the Washoe County Food Plan.

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