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
  • Health 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

Is Washoe County eating healthy?

  • Less than 30% of adult women and 20% of adult men in Washoe County eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables everyday (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 2009)
  • 22.5% of adult men and 21.8% of adult women in Washoe County are obese (BRFSS, 2012)
  • 16.5% of adults in Washoe County described their health status as fair or poor (BRFSS, 2012)
  • 12.9% of high school students in Washoe County eat vegetables three times per day, and 18.4% every day eat fruit or drank 100% fruit juices three times per day (Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2013)

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