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Nutrition

Nutrition is a crucial part of everyday health in addition to maintaining daily physical activity. It is important to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, proteins, and low-fat milk and dairy products along with healthy oils in moderation. Healthy oils include olive oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, corn oil, peanut oil, and soy oil. To maintain a healthy diet and a healthy weight, it is important to stay within your daily calorie needs. Daily calorie needs vary depending on one’s age, height, weight, and amount of daily physical activity (click on the link below to determine your recommended daily caloric intake). It is also important to avoid foods high in saturated fats, trans-fats, cholesterol, sodium, and sugar. Unsaturated fats are typically considered healthy if eaten within recommended limits. To eat a balanced diet, approximately one-half of your plate should consist of fruits and vegetables, one-fourth of whole grains, and one-fourth of protein. Dairy is also an important component of a healthy diet.  It is always important to contact your primary care physician if you have any questions or concerns about your nutrition needs. 

To calculate your personal myplate plan, follow the link below.

Resources for All Nutrition Pages

Better Health Channel. (2020, December 3). Protein. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/protein#nutritional-value-of-protein

Dairy Council of California. (n.d.). Dairy. Healthy Eating. https://www.healthyeating.org/nutrition-topics/general/food-groups/dairy

Dairy Council of California. (n.d.). Fruits. Healthy Eating. https://www.healthyeating.org/nutrition-topics/general/food-groups/fruits

Dairy Council of California. (n.d.). Protein. Healthy Eating. https://www.healthyeating.org/nutrition-topics/general/food-groups/protein

Dairy Council of California. (n.d.). Vegetables. Healthy Eating. https://www.healthyeating.org/nutrition-topics/general/food-groups/vegetables

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. (2021, March 16). Healthy eating plate. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/healthy-eating-plate/

John Hopkins Medicine. (n.d.). Malnutrition. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/malnutrition.   

Mayo Clinic Staff. (2021, January 5). Nutrition and healthy eating. Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948

National Health Service. (2020, February 7). Malnutrition. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/malnutrition/.  

National Health Service. (2020, August 3). Vitamin A. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-a/

National Health Service. (2020, August 3). Vitamin C. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-c/

U.S. Department of Agriculture. (n.d.). Dairy. MyPlate. https://www.myplate.gov/eat-healthy/dairy

U.S. Department of Agriculture. (n.d.). Fruits. MyPlate. https://www.myplate.gov/eat-healthy/fruits

U.S. Department of Agriculture. (n.d.). Grains. MyPlate. https://www.myplate.gov/eat-healthy/grains

U.S. Department of Agriculture. (n.d.). Protein Foods. MyPlate. https://www.myplate.gov/eat-healthy/protein-foods#mp-container-706352

U.S. Department of Agriculture. (n.d.). Vegetables. MyPlate. https://www.myplate.gov/eat-healthy/vegetables

U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2021, July 2). Folic acid in diet. MedlinePlus. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002408.htm.

U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2021, March 2). Malnutrition. MedlinePlus. https://medlineplus.gov/malnutrition.html.  

World Health Organization. (2020, April 15). Malnutrition. https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/malnutrition.