Nutrition and Healthy Eating
As a growing preteen, taking care of your body is especially important. Growing strong involves making healthy choices in what you eat all the time -- both at meals and for snacks. Learning healthy eating habits is something that you can continue for the rest of your life.
A balanced diet of fruits and vegetables, meats, grains, fats and dairy products will give you the best start for your body's development.
Junk foods such as potato chips, candy, sodas and fast food are high in fat and calories and provide little or temporary energy. Sodas are full of "empty calories" -- meaning that you don't feel full after drinking a soda, but one soda can have as many calories as a few apples or three servings of carrots.
One fast food meal of a double patty burger, a large soda (24 ounces) and extra-large fries can contain all the calories necessary for the body in one day (1,500 for a moderately active person).
This section provides information about why it is important to eat healthy and what that means, as well as for those preteens who are considering vegetarian diets.
ChooseMyPlate.gov - MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image—a place setting for a meal