Nutrition plays a key role in maintaining your health. A well-balanced diet will not only nourish your body, but can reduce your risk for certain diseases and assist with weight management.
When it comes to building meals, color your plate with a variety of different foods and limit highly processed items, which contain a lot of added salt and sugar. Try to include more plant-based foods such as fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, whole grains, and beans.
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Weight is another factor that can impact your health. Excess weight can increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some types of cancer. It can also limit your ability to be physically active and may increase your risk for falls and injuries.
Even a small percentage of weight loss can result in better blood glucose management, lower blood pressure, improved cholesterol levels, less stress on joints, and much more.
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Physical activity and diet are important to health. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends adults participate in 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 5 days a week. Examples of aerobic exercise are walking, biking, and swimming.
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