Impacting Family Health Through Meal Planning
You may not consider yourself a gourmet cook or fine food aficionado, but what you eat and how you prepare food for yourself and your family can keep you healthy and help prevent serious disease. It can also help you and your family maintain a healthy weight, prevent chronic disease and boost your energy levels.
Eating is one of the great pleasures of life and a key component of many of our social interactions. However, many of us consume more calories than we actually need. That’s why nearly 69 percent of U.S. adults 20 and older are overweight or obese. Being obese increases your risk for heart disease, diabetes and other serious illnesses.
The key to healthy eating is to consume the right amount of calories from the right kinds of foods to support your activity level. It’s easier than you might think. Start by focusing on “real foods” and how you prepare them. Food writer Michael Pollan (author of “In Defense of Food and Food Rules”) says real foods are what our ancestors ate before science started “improving them” (think: processed foods).
If you’re ready to become a healthy foodie, click here to download our free fact sheet with some tips to get you started.