Get Ready - Eat Wisely


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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

Did you know, The latest diet craze, no matter how "scientific", may not be helping you. Diets may only reinforce very poor eating habits, so when you finish such a "diet", you haven't learned a thing about healthy and moderate eating habits. If anything, you've gotten worse habits. Wanna bet you'll gain all the weight back?? The most effective way to long term weight management involves moderation, balanced & healthy eating habits, and exercise!! MOVE!

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