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Weight management is about balancing calories consumed with the calories our body "burns off."
It is important to consume foods that keep our calories at a desirable level and that also provide sufficient nutrients to keep us healthy. We may lose weight on the “diet of the day” but our bodies may suffer if our food intake provides little nutrition.
These articles and links provide guidance on choosing foods and planning an activity level for your optimum weight.
How Should You Spend Your Calorie Salary?
Think of MyPlate recommendations as a “calorie salary.” Plan calories the same as major expenses – a car, house, vacation, etc. with these four “budgeting” steps.
Spending Your Calorie Salary – Youth Version
MyPyramid is like a care manual for your body! Discover how to treat your body for maximum performance. Learn to read nutrition labels.
Avoid Portion Distortion with MyPyramid’s Specific Guidelines
Portion sizes have gotten bigger over the past 20 years and so have Americans! Get help with these tips about the types and amounts of foods to eat.
Making the Most of Our Dessert Calories
Can you have your dessert and eat it, too? Learn how to do both!
Understand the Difference Between Naturally Occurring and Added Sugars; Reading the Nutritional Food Label
"Don't Sugar Coat It!" Read the label.
Do You REALLY Know How Much You Eat?
Take this quiz and find out!
The Power of One Dietary Change in Losing Weight
One dietary change may be all it takes to lose weight. Learn 12 easy ways to eat 100 less calories a day.
Balancing Calories with Physical Activity
Walk, and Enjoy the View!
Walking is a simple, pleasurable and inexpensive way to be physically active. Learn how to begin a walking program – includes a chart to help you get started walking.
30 Steps to a Healthier You
Based on MyPyramid recommendations.
Currently featuring ...
(Updated November 26, 2013)
- Healthy Bites Newsletter
December: Healthy holiday party tips
- Cook It Quick Newsletter
October / November
- Food Reflections Newsletter
Holiday Food Safety Quiz
- Walk Nebraska Newsletter
December Issue: Fitting in Activity - Walking at Work
- Making HealthierRDecisions
- Nutrition Know How Blog
(A new tip posted weekly)
- Discover Foods Blog
(a new tip posted weekly)
- Cook It Quick Blog
(published 1 -2 times/month)
- Food, Nutrition & Health by the Month Calendar
- Food Fun for Young Kids (Pinterest)
- Easy (& Healthy!) Everyday Recipes (Pinterest)
- "Choose MyPlate" Update (video)
- 4-Day Throw Away (food safety app)
- Choose MYPlate: Selected Consumer Messages (free PowerPoint and online slide show)
- Test Your Salt Savvy (quiz)
Small Steps to Health and Wealth (TM)
This health and finance program is designed to motivate you to implement change strategies that simultaneously improve your health and personal finances. You can register for classes OR watch recorded past sessions.
Let’s Move (Source: White House, US Dept. Health & Human Services, USDA, US Dept. of Education)
Program developed by First Lady Michelle Obama to help prevent childhood obesity
Weight Management (Source: USDA nutrition.gov)
Links to lots of resources on weight management.
Aim for a Healthy Weight (Source: US Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health)
Newly updated information on how to maintain a healthy weight, including a downloadable BMI calculator and much more.