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Benefits of Change - Healthy Eating

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Benefits of Change

If you are overweight and lose 10% of your body weight through healthy eating and increased physical activity, you will achieve all sorts of health benefits including a healthier heart, lower blood pressure and stronger bones. You will also reduce your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, sleep apnea and gallstones.

Eating and drinking foods high in calcium offers protection against osteoporosis and may help prevent some types of cancers.

Eating fruits (PDF) and vegetables (PDF) helps reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Eating foods high in protein (PDF) helps to repair body cells and protects against bacteria and viruses.

Whole grains (PDF) give you energy and important nutrients as well as provide fiber. Fiber helps reduce blood cholesterol and the risk of certain cancers. It also helps you to control hunger and blood sugar.

Water (PDF) is important for a healthy lifestyle and for successful weight management. Avoid dehydration by drinking enough water.

MOVE! Weight Management Program Handouts (PDFs)

Fruit (PDF)

Vegetables (PDF)

Protein (PDF)

Whole Grains (PDF)

Water Drink Up! (PDF)

Updated January 2012
Clinical Advisory Board Sponsor: Dr. Linda Kinsinger
Clinical Subject Matter Experts: Dr. Kenneth R. Jones, Lynn A. Novorska
Patient Education Subject Matter Expert: Dr. Rose Mary Pries