Diet and Nutrition

UW Health Services
food pyramidKeep your numbers in check - diet, nutrition and healthy food habits can help you reduce three risk factors for heart attack and stroke - high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure and excess body weight.
Set the stage for success by:
  • Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, cereal and grain products, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, legumes, nuts, fish, poultry and lean meats. Check out our Heart-Healthy Recipes.
  • Mixing one-half regular soda with one-half diet soda until you get used to the taste of diet soda
  • Eating foods low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol
  • Enjoying a large glass of ice water, hot tea or another calorie-free beverage. Garnish with a twist of lemon or lime and sip slowly.
  • Dividing the extra portions of recipes that serve a large number of people into containers to eat throughout the rest of the week
  • Eating with other people. You'll eat less than if you eat alone.
  • Knowing your snack "triggers" and planning ahead. Be ready with healthy snacks to fight the urge for high calorie/high-saturated-fat foods and trans fat foods. Grab pre-cut vegetables such as carrots and celery when you're on the run.

Need more motivation? Join Better U, a free women's program that helps you increase your physical activity and improve your eating habits.