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 What is a Healthy Weight?
 What is a Healthy Diet?
 Finding Your Balance
 Calories p/ hr Expended in Common Physical Activity
 How to use Fruits & Vegetables to Manage Your Weight
 Food Pyramid
 Food Tracking Worksheet
 Eating Disorders
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 What is a Healthy Weight

Understanding the Energy Equation

Whether you want to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, it’s important to understand the connection between the energy your body takes in (through the foods you eat and the beverages you drink) and the energy your body uses (through the activities you do). To lose weight, you need to use more calories than you take in. To maintain a healthy weight, you need to balance the calories you use with those you take in. No matter which results you want, eating a healthy diet and being physically active can help you reach your goal.

Want to find out if you are at a healthy weight? Calculate your Body Mass Index or BMI


 What is a "Healthy Diet"?

The Dietary Guidelines describe a healthy diet as one that:

*Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products;

*Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts; and

*Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.

The recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines and in MyPyramid are for the general public over 2 years of age. MyPyramid is not a therapeutic diet for any specific health condition. Individuals with a chronic health condition should consult with a health care provider to determine what dietary pattern is appropriate for them.


 Finding Your Balance between Food and Physical Activity

Becoming a healthier you isn’t just about eating healthy
it’s also about physical activity. Regular physical activity is important for your overall health and fitness. It also helps you control body weight by balancing the calories you take in as food with the calories you expend each day.

*Be physically active, at a moderate intensity for at least 30 minutes most days of the week.
*Increasing the intensity or the amount of time that you are physically active can have even greater health benefits and may be needed to control body weight. About 60 minutes a day may be needed to prevent weight gain.
*Children and teenagers should be physically active 60 minutes every day, or most every day.
*Be sure to visit the CDC's Physical Activity for Everyone section for ideas.

**For more information about calories expended in common physical activities see the CDC's Calories/Hour Expended in Common Physical Activities from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005.

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* Dietary Guidlines

* CDC - Nutrition for Everyone

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