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Food Quiz
Take the Food Quiz Following a sensible diet is a cornerstone of good health. Find out how much you know about healthy eating by taking this quiz, based on information from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). 1. Snacking may keep you from becoming overly hungry and overeating. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Healthy snacking can help you moderate the amount of food you eat. This will make you less inclined to overeat at your next meal or late at night in fro...
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Sodium or salt in your diet can affect your blood pressure because either can make your body retain water. Extra fluid in your body makes your heart work harder.
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Determining Your Body Mass Index
Determining Your Body Mass Index (BMI) What is body mass index? Determining how much you should weigh is not a simple matter of looking at a height-weight chart, but includes considering the amount of bone, muscle, and fat in your body's composition. The amount of fat is the critical measurement. A good indicator of how much fat you carry is the Body Mass Index (BMI). Although it is not a perfect measure, it gives a fairly accurate assessment of how much of your body is composed of fat. Calculate your B...
Diet to Help Prevent Heart Disease
Diet to Help Prevent Heart Disease You probably know that a healthy diet is important. Eating right can help prevent a number of problems such as high cholesterol and heart disease. But knowing exactly what a healthy diet looks like can be a challenge. The USDA and the U.S. Department of Health teamed up to create an easy way to build a healthy diet for yourself. It’s called MyPlate. It uses a simple graphic to help you make healthy food choices to lower your risk for heart disease, as well as cancer, d...
How to Make Heart-Healthy Food Choices
How to Make Heart-Healthy Food Choices Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the best weapons for fighting cardiovascular disease and other heart conditions. Assuming most Americans know this fact, why is heart disease still the number 1 killer among adults? A major reason is that most Americans eat too many high-fat, high-calorie foods. These steps will help you reduce your risk for this condition: Eat at least 2 cups of fruit and 2½ to 3 cups of vegetables every day. Produce is full of vitamins, minera...
Calculating Calories and Fat Grams
Calculating Calories and Fat Grams To determine the number of calories and fat grams you need each day in order to either lose, maintain or gain weight, your health care provider or a registered dietitian. As a general guideline, to maintain your current weight, follow the 3-step formula below. Remember, everyone's body and metabolism are different, so these numbers could vary slightly for you. 1. Determine your estimated calorie needs in the chart below: Physical Activity Level Gender Age (years) Inact...