Healthy Eating Contributes to Good Health
Good nutrition plays an essential role in maintaining a healthy weight and preventing health problems like obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, a healthy eating plan:
Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
- Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts
- Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars
- Stays within your daily calorie needs
While nutrition education resources are often readily available to help people make healthy eating choices, many individuals, especially those in low-income communities, lack access to affordable healthy foods. Increasing the availability of healthy foods (like fresh produce, whole grains, and low-fat dairy) and reducing the availability of unhealthy foods (like those high in sodium, saturated fat and added sugar) make it easier for individuals to make nutritious choices every day.
Healthy Eating and Food Access in Minneapolis
The Minneapolis Health Department works to improve access to healthy food options and promote healthy eating through a number of initiatives in neighborhoods, schools, child care settings, worksites, and other institutions. We intentionally invest our resources in populations where there are significant barriers to accessing healthy food options due to factors such as low income, scarcity of food outlets, or a lack of motorized transportation. Specifically, our efforts focus on changing policies, systems, and environments that support consumption of healthier foods and beverages and limit consumption of unhealthy foods and sugary drinks. Coupled with healthy eating educational resources that are readily available from other sources, these efforts produce sustainable, cost-effective, high impact solutions to nutrition and food access issues in Minneapolis.
Minneapolis Health Department's Healthy Eating Goals
- Make healthy choices the default, easy choices by making healthy foods and drinks more convenient and affordable, especially in places that serve the public.
- Limit access to high-calorie, low-nutrient foods and sugary drinks.
- Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables while reducing consumption of saturated fats, sodium, and added sugar.
Healthy Eating tips and resources (links to resources, websites, tools for health education)
- CDC’s Nutrition Resources
- Aim for 5-A-Day of fruits and vegetables
- The Food Pyramid is now My Plate
- US Dietary Guidelines for Americans – Finding Your Way to a Healthier You
Learn more about the Minneapolis Health Department's Healthy Eating initiatives
- Healthy Corner Stores - Supporting corner store owners in their efforts to improve the availability, affordability, and visibility of healthy foods within their stores
- Healthy Food Shelves and Meal Programs - Increasing the amount of healthy foods available at food shelves and emergency meal programs
- Community Gardens - Creating opportunities for Minneapolis residents to grow fresh, healthy food in community and backyard gardens
- Healthy Restaurants - Encouraging restaurant ownerrs to adopt healthy food practices including menu labeling, healthy kids meals, and right-sized portions
- Sugar-Sweetened Beverages - Promoting healthy beverage consumption in various cultural communities through a grassroots media campaign and outreach activities
- Farm to School - Connecting local farmers with public and charter schools to make salad bars and other healthy items a regular part of school meals
- Healthy Food at Worksites - Helping employers create healthy food policies that support good nutrition in the workplace
- Healthy Food in Childcare Sites - Promoting healthy food practices and creating healthy environments for young children at family- and center-based child care locations
- Healthy Food in Institutions - Establishing healthy food policies and practices at institutions serving at-risk populations
Last updated Nov. 1, 2013