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Nutrition

Nutrition is the heart of a healthy life.

The foods we eat are the foundation of our health. Good food choices can ward off chronic diseases and obesity, and improve the life of both adults and children.

Start your journey to better nutrition today.

Everything you eat and drink over time matters.
Find your healthy eating style and maintain it for a lifetime. Focus on these choices:

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Focus on whole fruits rather than juices. Eat a variety of vegetables in all colors.
  • Make half your grains whole grains. Look for "100% Whole Grain" or "100% Whole Wheat" on package labels. Oatmeal, whole grain pearled barley, buckwheat and brown rice are all good whole grain choices.
  • Choose fish and poultry over red meat.
  • Move to low-fat and fat-free milk or yogurt.
  • Choose baked over fried, and eat sweets and desserts sparingly.
  • Drink and eat less saturated fat, salt (sodium), and added sugars.

Check out the DASH Diet for a proven eating plan for general health and weight control.

Where To Start

Eating Better

How to Lose and Manage Weight

Shopping Wisely

Nutrition Resources

A complete set of broad resources, including:

  • Guides to Good Nutrition
  • Menu Planning and Recipes
  • Professionals and Teachers

Special Health Conditions

Heart Health

Diabetes and Kidney Disease

Kids and Parents

Games and Activities

  • Nourish Interactive: A free resource for fun nutrition games for kids, and interactive nutrition tools and tips for parents and health educators
  • Picky Eaters Handout
    Handout for staff and parents on how to deal with children's changing food preferences.

Parents and Caregivers

Contact

For more information about nutrition, contact our Nutrition Services division at 601-576-7820.

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This page has been automatically translated from English. MSDH has not reviewed this translation and is not responsible for any inaccuracies.
Last reviewed on Nov 4, 2014

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