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Eat Smart 

Tools to Help You Design Your Eat Smart Lifestyle

Living a healthy life includes making smart food choices such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Each person needs a different amount of food everyday, depending on his or her age, exercise habits, and weight management goals. Eating smart is more than just eating - it also includes growing, buying, cooking, and enjoying healthy foods. Use the links below to learn more about your daily food requirements and how to eat well and find resources to help you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle | Health Tip of the Day

Calorie Requirement Chart (pdf)
Offers Estimated Calorie Requirements to maintain energy balance based on gender, age, and activity level.  This information will help you to make smart choices when eating out, since most restaurants are now required to display nutrition information for their menu items. 

MyPlate Tools
Includes guidelines for what a healthy meal should look like, a food tracker (SuperTracker), access to healthy eating tips and more.  Visit this site for helpful information on how to eat right every day.

Food Plan Calculator
The Daily Food Plan Calculator will calculate the amount of each food group you need daily. Use this site to create a customized food plan.

Livestrong.com
Offers delicious recipes and a food tracker to help you keep track of your calorie intake.

Sparkpeople
A free resource that offers recipes, a calorie counter and meal planner, workout plans, and feedback reports! 

5 to 9 A Day (pdf)
Simple tips for getting your 5-9 fruits and vegetables a day, including a full month calendar of ideas with space to track your servings. 

Feeding Your Bones (pdf)
Calcium and Vitamin D are essential nutrients for growing strong bones and keeping them strong.  Use this information to make sure you are eating foods that will meet your daily Calcium and Vitamin D requirements.