Why is healthy eating important?
When combined with exercise, a healthy diet can help you lose weight, lower your cholesterol level and improve the way your body functions on a daily basis.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Pyramid divides food into 5 basic food groups: grains, fruits and vegetables, dairy, meats and fats. The USDA recommends that you have the following number of servings from each of the main food groups every day:
Grains (6-11 servings)
Fruits and Vegetables (5-7 servings)
Dairy (2-3 servings for men and 3-4 servings for women)
Meats (2-3 servings)
Fats, Oils and Sweets (use sparingly)
Did you Know?
you know that there are 1.5 billion overweight people and 400 million obese people worldwide ( World Health Organization 2006)
30% of all deaths worldwide each year occur from cardiovascular disease in which excessive weight and obesity are major risk factor ( World Health Organization, 2002)
Up to 80% of coronary heart disease cases , 90% of type 2 diabetes cases, and one-third of cancer cases can be avoided by changing to a healthier diet, increasing physical activity and stopping smoking. (World Health Organization, 2002)