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Creating a World with More Birthdays

Posted: April 5, 2016

Poor diet, physical inactivity, and carrying too much weight…these are the top three risk factors for disease and death in the U.S. And on the flip side, these risk factors point out the top 3 opportunities for improving your health and longevity!
Fill your Diet with Variety

Fill your Diet with Variety


Except for quitting tobacco use, some of the most important things you can do to reduce your risk for disease are:
•    Get to and stay at a healthy weight
•    Make healthy food choices
•    Be physically active on a regular basis

The research overwhelmingly shows that EATING WELL+BEING ACTIVE = BETTER HEALTH

Healthy diet and physical activity patterns focus on consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, being physically active.  Recommendations about healthy eating and physical activity habits that have been scientifically shown to reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases are

Variety…Balance….Moderation in all of our food choices.

Follow these nutrition guidelines when planning meals and snacks for meetings:
•    Choose the majority of foods you eat from plant sources.
•    Eat a minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
•    Choose “whole” grains whenever possible.
•    Eat other foods from plant sources several times a day including beans, rice, whole grain breads and nuts and seeds.

We are not suggesting to take away all of the old higher calorie favorites, but to simply try to add more healthful food options throughout the meeting. Simple changes or additions to meals and snacks can give meeting attendees power-packed, disease fighting nutrients—and give them the energy they need to stay alert through the day.

 

Source: American Cancer Society; Penn State Extension’s Meeting Well initiative