Healthy Eating

A healthy lifestyle starts with a healthy, balanced diet. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans,* a healthy eating plan:

  • Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products.
  • Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts.
  • Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.
  • Stays within your daily calorie needs.

“What’s In it For Me?
There are plenty of benefits to eating healthy. Following a healthy eating plan will help you to manage your weight and feel better about yourself both physically and mentally. You’ll have more energy to engage in the activities you love. And most importantly, you will help protect yourself from diet-related chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

You can follow a healthy eating plan and still enjoy some of your favorite foods in moderation. In this section, learn more about the MetroWest Moves Healthy Dining Initiative, community gardens, eating healthy in schools, browse the Mass in Motion resources to help you and your family choose healthy, enjoyable foods within your budget, and check out apps for your phone and computer to make healthy eating easier.

* CDC Healthy Weight.