Eating a balanced diet and being physically active are two of the most important things you can do to be and stay healthy at any age.
A balanced diet includes eating the right amount of calories and nutrients to maintain a healthy weight. MyPyramid and the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans provide recommendations for most Americans on what and how much to eat to nourish your body.
Physical activity is any form of movement that uses energy. People of all shapes and sizes and abilities can benefit from being physically active. Some physical activity is better than none and the more you do the more benefits you gain. The US Physical Activity Guidelines provide guidance for most Americans on types and amounts of physical activity that are linked to health benefits.
Eating smart and being active have similar effects on our health. These include:
- Reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and some cancers and associated disabilities
- Prevent weight gain and/or promote weight loss
- Improve overall well-being