We know that good nutrition and physical activity are keys to a healthy weight, but did you know the extent to which nutrition can impact our lives? Dietary factors influence certain conditions and diseases, and good nutrition can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and some cancers.
Eating a healthy diet and keeping calories in check is one of the 8IGHT Ways to Wellness for WashU. Dr. Graham Coldtiz, Niess-Gain Professor and Chief of the Division of Public Health Sciences has some tips for eating well:
Eating a healthy diet can lower risk of many diseases – including cancer. Focus on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and keep red and processed meat to a minimum. Make dishes with healthy oils, like olive, canola, and corn oil. And limit fast food and processed food, which can be high in calories, sodium, and unhealthy fats. Taking a 100% DV multivitamin can be a good nutrition insurance policy if diets fall short, and may also help lower the risk of some chronic diseases.
Avoiding weight gain by not eating more calories than needed is also a key part of a healthy diet. In addition to focusing on healthy plant-based foods, keep calories in check by choosing smaller portions, eating slowly, and choosing water instead of sugary and high-calorie drinks. Setting a daily calorie goal and keeping a food diary with a phone app can also help.
By making sure your body gets the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals it needs to work its best, you can improve your overall well-being. Wellness Connection has resources to help you incorporate good nutrition as part of a healthy lifestyle.
MyWay to Health
- Schedule a FREE consultation with WashU MyWay to Health for expert guidance in eating healthier – earn rewards!
Farmer’s Market and Crop Box Program
- Eat more locally grown fruits and vegetables when you shop at the WashU Farmer’s Market or subscribe to the Local Farmer CSA program.
Onsite Nurse Advocate
- Many people focus on a heart healthy diet in an effort to manage their blood pressure. Consider reaching out to your UHC Nurse Advocate to have your blood pressure checked.