Does your family doctor encourage you to eat healthy? American doctors increasingly raise the topic during well visits, because a nutritious diet is essential to good health and well-being.
Food helps your body function properly, maintains your energy throughout the day, and makes it easier to manage a healthy weight.
The American Academy of Family Physicians advises regularly eating foods high in vitamins and minerals, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low- or non-fat dairy. Most of these foods are located along the outer ring of the grocery store.
When you must shop the inner aisles of the grocery store, read food labels to make better choices:
- Packaged foods have a nutrition facts label and an ingredients list. For a healthier you, use these labels to make smart food choices quickly and easily.
- Check for calories. Be sure to look at the serving size and how many servings you are actually consuming.
- Choose foods lower in calories, saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium.
- Check the ingredients list for added sugars. When a sugar is close to first on the ingredients list, the food is high in added sugars. Some added sugars include sucrose, glucose, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, maple syrup, and fructose.
To help you learn more about healthy eating, Call to Health* offers nutrition-related challenges — and coaching — throughout the year, and the Medical Plan covers your consultation with a registered dietitian (in network) for only a $25 copay — and you get 300 Call to Health points.
So what are you waiting for? Now is the perfect time to eat your way to better health!
*Call to Health is available to members and their spouses enrolled in the active Medical Plan (the Highmark PPO or EPO); it is not available to members enrolled in Triple-S, GeoBlue, or the Medicare Supplement Plan.