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Health Facts

Food for Thought

March 29, 2013
From Shelby Hanig , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Did you know?

A poor diet can lead to an increase in one's risk for being overweight, a poor diet can increase the risk of lung, esophageal, stomach, colorectal, and prostate cancer, people who eat fast food more than once a week are at increased risk for weight gain, overweight, and obesity.

Eating healthier to some may seem like a major lifestyle change and it can be. However you can make small changes that can make a big difference.

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Shelby Hanig

Did you know?

That a 20-ounce soda contains about 16 table spoons of sugar?

The average American consumes almost 45 gallons of sugary drinks a year! That is 42 pounds of sugar!

By swapping that sugary drink for water you can help cut out that sugar. Try swapping half of your daily intake of pop for water.

Looking for a sweet treat in the middle of the afternoon?

Grab some fruit! Most fruit is low-calorie and low-fat. Fruit is a great source of fiber and vitamins which are essential for optimizing our health. Fiber makes you feel fuller, longer so you aren't tempted to grab a sugary snack.

Craving something salty?

Go NUTS! Nuts are a great snack! Not only are they full of protein, they are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals!

Stuck on supper?

To make supper time healthier for your family consider following the MyPlate guidelines. MyPlate is the new MyPyramid for food groups and food guidelines. You can also join the Tama County Public Health for their Simple Tasty Cooking classes coming soon. Be on the lookout for more information.

Shelby Hanig is currently enrolled at the University of Northern Iowa. Her major is in Health Promotion Education with an emphasis in Fitness. She is a senior and is currently interning with Tama County Public Health and Home Care.

Her goal is to have a better understanding of Public Health through working with the ladies here at the Public Health. One of her tasks here currently is working with the Wellness Coalition on a grant to improve healthy habits around Tama-Toledo.



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