Making healthy food choices not only effect our weight, but also reduce our risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. While it can be difficult to always make the right choices, adding healthier foods to our diet impact our overall health in a big way.

The American Cancer Society recommends the following for a healthy eating pattern at all ages:

A healthy eating pattern includes:

  • Foods that are high in nutrients in amounts that help you get to and stay at a healthy body weight
  • A variety of vegetables – dark green, red and orange, fiber-rich legumes (beans and peas), and others
  • Fruits, especially whole fruits in a variety of colors
  • Whole grains

A healthy eating pattern limits or does not include:

  • Red and processed meats
  • Sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Highly processed foods and refined grain products

For more information, order a copy of the Healthy Families Guidebook or download the English Healthy Family Guidebook here or the Spanish Healthy Family Guidebook here.