Food provides the energy and nutrients you need to be healthy. Nutrients include proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water.

Learning to eat nutritiously is not hard. The key is to

  • Eat a variety of foods, including vegetables, fruits and whole-grain products
  • Eat lean meats, poultry, fish, beans and low-fat dairy products
  • Drink lots of water
  • Go easy on the salt, sugar, alcohol, saturated fat and trans fat
Saturated fats are usually fats that come from animals. Look for trans fat on the labels of processed foods, margarines and shortenings.

Source: MedlinePlus

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Recommended Reading

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
This link to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' website gives consumers a variety of online tools and brochures, along with healthy eating tips.

Food and Nutrition Information, USDA
Nutrition topics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Information Center.

This website is a service of the National Agricultural Library and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. On this website, you can learn what nutrients are in food, more about the new food pyramid, meal planning, dietary supplements and more.

Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, CDC
This division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides science-based activities for children and adults that address the role of nutrition and physical activity in health promotion and the prevention and control of chronic diseases.

This website includes a health library of prevention and wellness, diseases and conditions, and alternative medicine — plus medical dictionaries, an encyclopedia, journals and more. It also offers online checkups and health news.

Environmental Nutrition Newsletter
This independent newsletter offers guidance on what works and what doesn't in balancing your diet to protect against disease, manage your weight, minimize risk from pesticides, and live a longer, healthier life.

Local Resources

Nutrition, Food Safety and Health, Colorado State University Extension
Search this site to find a variety of nutrition resources developed by CSU Extension experts. Fact sheets address such topics as vegetarian diets, nutrition for young children and weight loss products and programs. A bimonthly newsletter called Healthy Heart Beats offers new nutrition information on heart and stroke. A weekly Nutrition News column covers such topics as tips for dining with kids, breakfasts that enhance learning power, and healthy school lunches.

Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center, Colorado State University
The Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center provides nutrition education to the public and the latest in nutrition research. An outreach service of The Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, The Nutrition Center offers a range of programs and education materials. Experienced Registered Dietitians and graduate nutrition students can help you improve your health.

Poudre River Public Library District
Search the library collection for books about nutrition and diet, or use the library's health, sciences and technology databases.

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