Vol. 2, No. 3 | March 2010




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Healthy Habits

Houseplants that Purify the AirIn the U.S., chronic disease - like obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease - accounts for 75 percent of health care spending. The fact is that 70% of chronic diseases are preventable. The most important factor to a healthy lifestyle is a balanced diet. Here are some simple way to promote wellness and prevention and ways to focus on better eating.

Focus on fruits and veggies: Make it colorful! Add a variety of colorful fruits and veggies to your diet. Getting a colorful mix of fruits of vegetables boosts the amount of antioxidants, nutrients, vitamins and fiber. A constant source of fiber-rich foods can prevent some cancers and slow the aging process.

Get Your Whole Grains: Including whole grains in your diet is critical to maintaining good health. Try whole wheat pasta, whole grain granola bars, steel cut oatmeal, and corn tortillas.

Make calories count: When choosing between options, focus on the one with more of the vitamins and nutrients that you need. Sometimes, foods with fewer calories can be loaded with salts, sugars, or fats.

Test your taste buds: A healthy eating plan emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy and includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans and nuts. But within each of these categories, there are several different types, which means many different flavors.

Snack smarter: For that afternoon hunger, try some different options that are just as appealing. For a sweet tooth, have fruit and yogurt. A savory option could include some trail mix or nuts. Healthy eating doesn't mean having to go hungry.


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