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Healthy Eating Looks Different for Everyone

Ever been curious about how much sugar is in your favorite drink? Or how to still enjoy your favorite sweet treats without adding unnecessary sugar and fat into your diet? For National Nutrition Month, take some time to learn more about how to incorporate healthy eating into your diet.

Food is fuel for our bodies. In a world with so many food choices, it can be challenging to know what your body needs. National Nutrition Month is a great time to learn more about how to create healthy habits that can keep your body running smoothly. Celebrated each March, it focuses on the importance of making informed food choices along with physical activity habits.

“Healthy” looks different for everyone, but websites like the National Institutes of Health’s MedlinePlus and My Plate can help you learn more about what your body needs and answer questions you may have when learning about foods and their nutrition facts.

According to the CDC, fewer than 1 in 10 U.S. adults and children eat enough fruits and vegetables. Incorporating more healthy foods, like fruits and vegetables, into your diet doesn't have to be expensive either. As spring rounds the corner, visit your local farmers market! You can find in-season foods and tie in a daily walk, which can help improve your health too.

Healthy eating habits start from birth and help children grow and develop properly, and reduce their risk of chronic diseases. An unhealthy diet contributes to about 678,000 deaths a year due to nutrition and obesity-related diseases. This number could continue to grow as obesity rates have doubled in adults, tripled in children, and quadrupled in adolescents. At least 80% of all heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes and up to 40% of cancers could be prevented with good nutrition, exercise, and quitting smoking.

To help researchers better understand how nutrition impacts you and your community, we’ve partnered with the All of Us Research Program. All of Us is looking to build a diverse health database by gathering different kinds of health information from at least a million people across the U.S. All aspects of your life, including eating habits, affect your overall health and wellbeing. Because a healthy diet is different for everyone, collecting health data from a diverse group of people can help researchers learn more about health disparities and new prevention strategies. Providing your health data may allow researchers to increase knowledge about risk factors for certain diseases, figure out which treatments work best for people of different backgrounds, and build better tools for encouraging healthy habits.

 

Join us in making health research more diverse at joinallofus.org/togetherDENVER.

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