Get Ready - Eat Wisely


Get Ready

healthy eating

This Eat Wisely section contains general information about healthy eating, the benefits of change, and tips on how to get started with a healthy eating plan.

Eating Wisely involves moderation, balance and variety. You may have heard the saying that "make healthy food choices" (PDF) by selecting from a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, beans, peas, nuts, seeds, and dairy. Be sure to read about the many benefits of change related to improved eating habits.

Even though we believe that "all foods can fit" we recognize that "one size does not fit all." To get started with a healthy eating plan, take a few minutes and visit the site to determine the foods and amounts that are right for you. ChooseMyPlate offers personalized eating plans and interactive tools to help you build a healthy plate at meal times and to assess your food choices based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

MOVE! Weight Management Program Handout (PDF)

All Foods Can Fit (PDF)

Making Healthy Food Choices (PDF)

Other Resources

Nutritional Information from the VA Canteen Service (Department of Veterans Affairs)

Choose MyPlate (United States Department of Agriculture)

National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (VHA Office of Patient Care Services)

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

Tip of the Day

Tip of Day

In remarks about so many traders suddenly dropping dead at the New York Stock Exchange, a cardiologist said that we must stop living "cardiologically incorrect" lives. We have too much: stress, weight, fat in our diets, lack of exercise, tobacco and alcohol use, and just plain living and working at a frenetic pace. NOW is the time to correct this! NOT after your first "big one". Start now by just quietly doing whatever is necessary to fix it, and keep doing it!

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