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Healthy Eating Made Simple
With spring settling in and summer just around the corner, the change in seasons can serve as a great reminder to reevaluate our eating habits. Healthy eating can have a huge impact on your weight and overall wellbeing. Losing five to ten percent of your current body weight can drastically improve your immune system; reduce stress on joints and muscles, improve blood sugar levels and a strengthen the heart reducing the risk of heart attack and heart disease. In addition to the physical benefits, healthy eating can lead to improved mental health. Studies show a correlation between processed packaged meals, takeout food and sugary snacks to higher rates of depression, stress, bipolar disorder and anxiety. Even with the endless benefits, making actual changes or knowing what to change in your diet can be difficult, so Rodgers Health is here to help.
Our WIC department was recently featured on our weekly radio show, Highlights on Health. Several of our nutritionists were on air to dispel some myths and provide tips on healthy eating.
Myth: Eating Healthy is Expensive
Eating healthier doesn’t have to cost more than the meals you are making now. Visit your farmers market to buy foods from local farmers. You will often find better deals since the food is not associated with any transportation costs. Planning your meals ahead of time can also help you save money at the store. You will know exactly what you need and what you can avoid spending money on. You can also save money and eat healthier by sticking to the food displays on the outsides of the isles. This is where you will find the produce, dairy and meat. Prepackaged snacks are generally found in the middle of the grocery aisles and while they might seem convenient, they are usually filled with sugar and are not as cost effective as they might seem.
Myth: Eating healthier means I’ll be hungry all the time
Eating healthier doesn’t mean you have to be hungry, it just means you might need to change what you’re eating. ½ of your plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables. Fruits and veggies are filled with fiber and will keep you full. Making smarter choices doesn’t mean having to eliminate your favorite foods, but watching your portion sizes will allow you to incorporate a few treats into your meals.
At Rodgers Health, we want to do everything we can to ensure you have everything to you need to be a healthier you. The Healthy Harvest Mobile Market stops at the Downtown Campus of the Health Center every Tuesday from 1:00 to 2:00pm. The Healthy Harvest Mobile Market is managed by Truman Medical Centers and makes several weekly stops across the Kansas City metro area in order to provide fresh produce at inexpensive prices to local families.