A large part of staying healthy comes from maintaining a healthy weight by choosing foods each day that provide proper nutrition.
At a time when rates of people being overweight and obesity are at an all-time high, BU is committed to helping its community members make healthy nutritional decisions for themselves and their families. Toward this goal, we offer DASH for Health, an online nutrition and weight-loss program, free to BU employees and their families. When eating on campus, look for the Sargent Choice logo in order to make healthy food choices.
How does your diet score? Try these quick assessments to see how your food choices stack up:
- Rate your plate
- Calculate your BMI
- Calculate your disease risk:
- See how many calories are in the foods you eat each day
Here are some easy-to-do tips to help you maintain a healthy weight and good health:
- Start each day with a healthy breakfast – people who eat breakfast are more likely maintain a healthy weight
- Keep track – writing down what you eat makes you more likely to stick to your goals
- Choose from a wide variety of fruits and vegetables – keep it colorful!
- Choose mono- and polyunsaturated fats over saturated and trans-fats
- Choose foods that are roasted, baked, broiled, grilled, or steamed instead of fried, sautéed, or in sauces or gravies
- When eating in restaurants, take half of your meal “to go” or share with your dining partner
- Eat consciously –avoid eating while distracted, i.e. in front of the TV, computer, etc.
- Learn the appropriate amounts of food (portions) for you to eat and stick with those amounts
- Make time for purposeful physical activity on most days of the week.
In choosing foods, stick with the Choose more/Choose less guidelines below:
Non-fat and low fat dairy