Answer the following questions and check Yes or No to find out how healthy your diet is.
No I eat at least 5 servings of fruits and
vegetables every day.
2. Yes No I eat at least 3 servings of whole grains every day.
3. Yes No I drink low fat or fat free milk and eat low fat or fat free yogurt.
4. Yes No I rarely eat high-fat meat like bacon, hot dogs, sausage, steak, or ground beef.
5. Yes No I hardly ever add high fat condiments like, butter, margarine, sour cream, or mayonnaise to the foods I eat.
6. Yes No I eat fried foods less than twice a week.
7. Yes No I rarely eat high-fat baked goods such as pies, cakes, cookies, sweet rolls, and doughnuts.
How many times did you answer yes?
6 - 7 = Congratulations! You make healthy diet choices on a regular basis. Keep up the good habits and find ways to continue eating healthy. Also look for areas in which you could continue to improve.
3 - 5 = Half way there! Look at your No answers to help you decide which areas of your diet need improvement. Set goals to help you make changes in these areas.
0 - 2 = Health alert! Your diet is probably too high in fat and too low in plant foods. Look at your eating habits and find areas you are ready to work on. Go to the Healthy Hints section to get ideas.
Do you really need to eat healthy?
What is your health risk right now? To find out more about why you should aim for a healthy weight and assessing your risk visit: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/lose_wt/patmats.htm
Tools and Resources
What do these nutrition labels mean?
What is a serving size? http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/Resources/Nibbles/servingsize_poster.pdf
Eating Less of the Food You Love - an article by UVM Nutritionist Linda Berlin
Portion Distortion Quiz
How have portion sizes changed in the last decade? Check out this quiz online:
How many calories are in your lunch? Add it up:
Every body is different and weight is not the only measurement for health. Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that can be used for both adult men and women. Try out this calculator to find out what is a healthy weight for you.
Information about the Food Stamp Program- www.vermontfoodhelp.com
Women, Infants, and Children- Learn about the Vermont WIC program and see if you are eligible. WIC in Vermont - Vermont Department of Health
Fruits and Veggies More Matters!- www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org
State Nutrition Action Plan Partners
- Department for Children and Families
- Department of Education
- Department of Health
- Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living
- University of Vermont Extension
- Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger
- Vermont Foodbank