Nutrition and Food Safety
How many times have you thought, “I wish I could prepare foods my family would enjoy eating and, at the same time, are healthy?” Cooking tasty foods that won’t break your budget is easier than you might think.
Home food preservation (canning, freezing and drying) is making a comeback. If you decide to preserve your own food, do it safely and use techniques that will help preserve the quality. Learn more about canning, freezing and drying.
Food provides the nutrients we need for good health. No one wants to worry about the safety of their food, but surveys suggest most people do. Learn more about food-borne illness and ways it can be prevented.
Two-thirds of what people purchase in the supermarket, they had no intention of buying. A few simple shopping strategies help you get through the supermarket with only what you intended to buy. Using the information on the food label and pricing information you can get the healthiest food for your grocery money.
Healthy Food Choices
Making healthy food choices not only promotes good health and a long life but also helps decrease the risk for chronic disease. When choosing healthy foods there are certain food components most people need to eat less, such as sodium, solid fats, and added sugar. There are other food components most people need to eat more, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy.
Healthy Aging is a journey and a process. Scientists still don’t know how to extend the human life span; but they know a lot about how to stay healthy and energetic as you get older. Seventy percent of all age-related disease is associated with lifestyle choices—for example, your eating, activity and drinking habits—and only about 30 percent is driven by your genes.* That means you have a lot more power than you think over how well you age. Poor health does not have to be a consequence of aging. Older adults who practice healthy behaviors, take advantage of clinical preventive services, and continue to engage with family and friends are more likely to remain healthy and live independently.
Simple meal planning strategies can take the stress out of getting food on the table without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. It helps save money and help you feed your family healthier meals.
Being physically active can improve your health. You do not have to be a marathon runner to be physically fit. Physical activity burns fat, builds muscle, lowers cholesterol, eases stress and anxiety, helps your control your weight and promotes restful sleep.
Why should you pay attention to your weight? Because staying at a your best weight is very important for your health by reducing your risk for several chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. It helps you live longer, healthier lives. If you weigh more than you should, you can safely lose weight.