Nutrition services are available to meet the needs of people of all ages and varying health conditions. Proper nutrition is critical for promoting good health, and for preventing and managing disease. Optimum nutrition is a daily concern from the moment of conception through our senior years.
Adopting healthy eating patterns is the recommended way to eat better, according to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Eating patterns may differ according to taste preferences, culture, traditions, and budget, but still be healthy. Recommendations include:
• Follow a healthy eating pattern across the lifespan. Eating patterns are the combination of foods and drinks that a person eats over time.
• Focus on variety, nutrient-dense foods, and amount.
• Limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats, and reduce sodium intake.
• Shift to healthier food and beverage choices.
• Support healthy eating patterns for all.
Good nutrition can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease, diabetes and cancer), and promote your overall health. Unhealthy eating habits have contributed to the obesity epidemic in the United States: about one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese. Even for people at a healthy weight, a poor diet is associated with major health risks that can cause illness and even death. By taking steps to eat healthy, you’ll be on your way to getting the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy, active, and strong. If your doctor recommends nutrition counseling, or if you, or a family member feel the need to improve your dietary habits, there is help available. Registered dietitians and nutrition educators provide counseling on healthy eating for all ages, including pregnant and breastfeeding moms, special nutrition needs for people with diet restrictions due to illness, and weight management. Food assistance programs are available for people who require additional resources.
In This Section, You Will Find:
• Community Gardens and CSA’s
• Cooking Classes
• Diabetes and Diabetes Prevention Programs
• Emergency Food Programs
• Farmers’ Markets
• Federal, State and Local Government Sponsored Nutrition Programs
• Healthy Vending
• Nutrition Consultation
• Nutrition Education Services
• Pre-natal Nutrition and Nutrition for Infants and Early Childhood
• Senior Nutrition Programs
• Weight Management