Mississippi State Department of Health

Nutrition, Weight Loss and Healthy Eating


Nutrition is the heart of a healthy life.

Eating right has a profound effect on your risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer. Choosing healthy foods is simple and leads to a longer, better life.

The Basics of Healthy Eating

These basic guidelines have been shown over and over again to deliver better health and less risk of disease over time. They're also the best place to start for managing your weight.

Resources for menu planning and nutrition

Diets for Health and Weight Loss

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

The Mediterranean eating plan emphasizes some of the same healthful eating approaches and is a good choice for flavorful, lifelong healthy eating.

Tips for Managing Weight

Reaching a healthy weight has a big influence on your health and well-being, and unfortunately, most Mississippians are overweight or obese. Here's how to change that.

Resources for Managing Weight

More Nutrition Resources

Links referenced on this page
Try these recipes    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,12853,213,155,html ok
MyPlate Plan:    https://www.choosemyplate.gov/myplateplan
Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,1698,213,html ok
Healthy eating for seniors:    https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/healthy-eating
Nutrition Basics:    https://www.choosemyplate.gov/eathealthy/start-simple-myplate
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:    http://www.eatright.org
Healthy Cooking and Healthy Eating Out:    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,213,537,html ok
More about the DASH diet    https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/dash-diet/art-20048456
About the Mediterranean Diet    https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/mediterranean-diet/art-20047801
Mediterranean Eating for the Whole Family    https://www.eatright.org/food/cultural-cuisines-and-traditions/european/make-it-mediterranean
calorie calculator    https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-many-calories-per-day
How many calories a day do you need?    https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-many-calories-per-day
Weighing Right for Your Height:    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,16290,289,html ok
Ways to get active:    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,270,html ok
Food and Activity Guides    https://healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/nutrition-and-physical-activity
MSDH nutrition resources:    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,213,77,html ok

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