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About 33% of adults in the U.S. are obese. And about 17% of kids aged 2 to 19 are obese. That means 1 in 3 adults are at higher risk for hypertension, diabetes, and other health problems.

The good news is that, with the help of your family here at Horizon Family Medical Group, you can make changes to your nutrition, combined with exercise, and watch as these risks drop while your overall health rises. We have the expertise and resources to help you every step of the way.

What does my plate look like?

ChooseMyPlate.gov has a bunch of great resources for kids, adults, and professionals. On the site, they show the five food groups (i.e., fruits, grains, vegetables, protein, dairy) you should eat, along with the proportions. Take a look at this graphic:

choose my plate portion graphic from USDA

How much should I eat?

As you can see from the graphic above, your diet should consist of more grains and vegetables. Protein, fruits, and dairy should be included, but in smaller proportions.

How can I track my nutrition intake?

A variety of programs and phone apps enable you to track what you’re eating, the calories of those foods, and the exercise you’re getting. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a tool they call SuperTracker. It helps you track your food, activity, weight, and provides other resources for reaching your weight goals.

Where can I get help?

It’s sometime hard to lose weight without support. Don’t go it alone. Contact your primary care provider at Horizon Family Medical Group to get help setting up reasonable and simple goals you can conquer one step at a time. Together, we can beat the scale and win the race to better health.

Additional Resources

https://supertracker.usda.gov/

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

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