Aside from quitting the use of tobacco and limiting excessive sun (UV) exposure, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and to live an active lifestyle in order to maintain a healthy weight. These lifestyle factors can help to reduce your risk of developing cancer and other chronic health conditions over your life span.
Adults should be sure to eat a balanced diet in order to ensure adequate nutrition and a healthy weight. Myplate is a tool created by the United States Department of Agriculture that can help you learn more about what specific foods, and in what amounts, you should be consuming to meet your particular health needs based on your age, sex, and life stage.
Adults should participate in at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of aerobic physical activity a week (walking, swimming, dancing, biking, tennis, yard work, etc.) and should do muscle-strengthening activities (pushups, weightlifting, sit-ups, etc.) at least 2 days a week. For more information on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's physical activity guidelines, please click here.
The Myplate website has the following tools and resources (among others) to help you assess and track your weight status (BMI) and nutrition intake and live a healthy lifestyle:
- SuperTracker: SuperTracker helps individuals plan and track their diet and physical activity, learn what and how much to eat, and track their food intake, weight, and physical activity. It also provides virtual coaching and journaling.
- Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator: BMI calculators can help you ascertain if you are at a healthy weight.
- Healthy eating on a budget
Please consult your healthcare provider before drastically changing your diet or level of activity if you have any special health conditions.