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February 2018

Strive for a Healthy Weight by Eating Wisely

Eating wisely can help you lose weight. If you need to lose weight, losing even a little will help! If you are of normal weight, maintain it. Managing your eating habits will help you control your weight and will help you be healthy now and in the future.

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The Veterans Health Library (VHL) offers Veterans, their families and caregivers 24/7 Internet access to comprehensive, Veteran-focused health information that’s consistent with VA clinical practice. Check out the VHL for more information on maintaining a healthy weight and eating wisely.

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Federal Government Resources*

  • MyPlate
    MyPlate is based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015-2020 and is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future. This means: Focus on variety, amount, and nutrition. Choose foods and beverages with less saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars. Start with small changes to build healthier eating styles. Support healthy eating for everyone. Eating healthy is a journey shaped by many factors, including our stage of life, situations, preferences, access to food, culture, traditions, and the personal decisions we make over time. All your food and beverage choices count. MyPlate offers ideas and tips to help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs and improves your health. See more at:
    Why is a healthy weight important?
  • Healthy Eating Plan
    A healthy eating plan gives your body the nutrients it needs every day while staying within your daily calorie goal. A healthy eating plan will also lower your risk for heart disease and other negative health conditions.
  • Watch Your Weight
    To stay at a healthy weight, balance the calories you eat with the calories you burn. If you need to lose weight, start by setting small goals.
  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans
    Learn about the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.


  • Healthy Eating Conversation Starters:
    Sometimes a family member or friend just needs encouragement to make a healthy change. Use these tips to start a conversation about healthy eating.
  • Eat Healthy:
    Why is a eating a healthy diet important?

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  • Nutrition basics
    Healthy eating and physical activity go hand in hand. Together, they help you maintain a healthy weight and lower your risk of some diseases and conditions.

Non-Federal Government Resources**

Educational handouts offered by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

  • 18 Health Tips for 2018
  • Eating Right for a Healthy Weight
  • Eating Right with Less Added Sugars
  • Color Your Plate with Salad
  • Smart Snacking for Adults and Teens
  • Eating Right on a Budget
  • 20 Ways to Enjoy More Fruits and Vegetables
  • Healthy Eating on the Run
  • Power Up With Breakfast
  • Eat Right with MyPlate
  • Eating Right – Tips for Older Adults
  • Eating Right – Tips for Vegetarians

Coming Soon!
The VHA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP) is currently planning the March 2018 launch of MOVE! Coach for Android, an application (app) built for Android devices, which compliments the iOS app previously released. MOVE! Coach helps Veterans manage their weight—when and where they want. The app offers an easy-to-use, self-guided program that provides everything Veterans need to set, track, and achieve their diet, physical activity, and weight goals. And it can help VA clinicians provide the proactive, patient-centered care Veterans need to improve their health.

Please mark your calendars for February 22, 2018, 3-4 pm ET when VA Mobile is featuring MOVE! Coach on their monthly Mobile Discussion Series.


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