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Healthy Eating

Eating healthy means giving your body nutritious foods in the right amounts. When people eat healthy foods in the right amounts, they find it easier to manage their weight and prevent chronic (long-lasting) diseases.


Why is eating healthy important?

Good nutrition can help you prevent unhealthy conditions and illnesses, including:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overweight and obesity

Learning healthy eating habits can make you look and feel better now and keep you healthy for the future.  Healthy eating can help you:

  • Control weight
  • Have the necessary daily nutrients
  • Improve brain and bodily functions
  • Strengthen bones, muscles, and joints
  • Have healthy skin, teeth, hair, and nails
  • Boost energy levels
  • Improve immune system

There are lots of different healthy foods you can eat including:

  • Fresh fruits* (any fruit or 100% fruit juice counts)
  • Vegetables* (any vegetable or 100% vegetable juice counts)
  • Fat-free or low-fat milk items (butter, cream, sour cream, and cream cheese do not count)
  • Whole grains
  • Lean meats and poultry (meats and chicken with lower fat content)
  • Seafood (eat at least 8 ounces each week)
  • Beans, unsalted nuts, and seeds
  • Eggs

*May be eaten fresh, frozen, canned, or dried

Is Washoe County eating healthy?

  • Less than 30% of adult females and 20% of adult males in Washoe County Washoe County eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables everyday (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2009)
  • 22.5% of adult males and 21.8% of adult females in Washoe County are obese (BRFSS, 2012)
  • 16.5% of adults in Washoe County described their health status as fair or poor (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2012)
  • Only 12.9% of high school students in Washoe County eat vegetables three times per day, and 18.4% severy day eat fruit or drank 100% fruit juices three times per day (Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2013)

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