Healthy Food

Eating healthier food is one of the most important things you can do to fight obesity. When we eat healthier, we feel better, our weight becomes healthier, and we lower our risk for heart disease, stroke, and diseases such as diabetes and even certain cancers. In general, try to only eat fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats (such as fresh fish, turkey, chicken, and lean beef and pork). Buy local, fresh food when you can! (Find local healthy food providers in our Healthy Food Database.)

Unfortunately, the average modern-day diet is full of unhealthy food and drinks that are high in fat, sugar and artificial ingredients. Try to avoid fast food, packaged baked goods, potato chips, soda, canned juices — any processed food or drinks high in fat, sugar or salt (sodium). In order for people to make healthy food choices, healthy food options must be available.