Eating healthy, nutrient rich foods is necessary for our overall wellness and helps reduce the chances of developing chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans offers us key recommendations that serve as a guide to a healthy eating pattern. A healthy eating pattern includes:
- A variety of vegetables from all the subgroups – dark green, red and orange, legumes (beans and peas), starch, and other
- Fruits, especially whole fruits
- Grains, at least half of which are whole grains
- Fat-free or low-fat dairy, including milk, yogurt, cheese, and/or fortified soy beverages
- A variety of protein foods, including seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), and nuts, seeds, and soy products.
Click here for quick video to learn more about the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines.
MyPlate is a great resource that reminds us to find our healthy eating style and build it throughout our lifetime. Everything we eat and drink matters. The right mix can help us be healthier now and in the future. This means:
- Focus on variety, amount, and nutrition.
- Choose foods and beverages with less saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars.
- Start with small changes to build healthier eating styles.
- Support healthy eating for everyone.
The USDA SuperTracker is an online tracking tool that helps you track both your food intake and physical activity. Click here for a quick video that can assist you in getting started with the SuperTracker.
Maricopa County Resources:
The “Better Bites/Better Gulps” vending program provides snack and beverage choices lower in fat, sugar, sodium, and calories than usual vending items. These changes will make it easier to eat healthier at work. Half of the choices in the vending machines will meet nutrition guidelines listed in this brochure. Selecting the items marked as “Better Bites” or “Better Gulps” will help you manage your health and your weight.
Ask the Nutritionist
Ask the Nutritionist is a resource offered by Maricopa County Department of Public Health. Through the hotline or e-mail, a nutrition expert provides general information on food and nutrition.
The Weight Watchers at Work Program, administered by Maricopa County’s Wellness Works Program, provides an opportunity for employees/dependents to be rewarded for losing weight when they attend Weight Watchers classes.
Click on the links below to watch "Nutrition in the Kitchen," videos starring the Office of Nutrition and Physical Activity Registered Dietitians Andrea Zechmann and Wendy Alfonso, and learn different cooking techniques and recipes using those techniques.
- Introduction to Nutrition in the Kitchen
- Technique – Steam
- Recipe – Chicken Chopped Salad
- Technique – Sauté
- Recipe – Stuffed Bell Pepper
- Recipe - Roasted Fruit Dessert
- Technique - Roasting Vegetables
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity)
- Fruit and Vegetables More Matters
- Champions for Change - Arizona Nutrition Network
- Maricopa County Public Health Office of Nutrition and Physical Activity