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Eat Healthy

Throughout the VA, "we always put Veterans first." Our dedicated staff and volunteers are committed to working with you to keep you healthy. Part of keeping you healthy is helping you make healthy food choices.

Was the old adage right - You are what you eat? Could you be eating too much salt, fat, and sugar and not enough fiber and anti-oxidants? How can you eat healthy on a budget?

Start by planning meals ahead of time. Fast food can be unhealthy and expensive. Make a shopping list and stick to it.

Save money by choosing:

  • Store brands over name brands
  • Leaner cuts of beef
  • A whole chicken and cut it up yourself
  • Whole fruits instead of sugary fruit juices

Eat more of these:

  • Colorful Vegetables
  • Whole Grains
  • Calcium (in low-fat cheese, milk, and yogurt)
  • Potassium (in spinach, potato skins, and sweet potatoes)
  • Good fats – found in fish, nuts, and olive or canola oil

The VA would like to help you make wiser food choices. The office of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention offers you tools to keep you healthy and prevent disease. Go to their trusted website at: