Wellness and Prevention Part I Chapter 5


Eat Healthy

Eating a healthy diet can be an effective, and enjoyable, way to prevent cardiovascular and other disease. Good eating means focusing both on the foods you shouldn't eat and on the foods you should eat.

Foods you should avoid or eliminate altogether include:

  • High-salt (sodium) foods. Too much salt can lead to hypertension and atherosclerosis.
  • High-fat foods,especially foods high in cholesterol. Too much of the wrong kinds of fats can cause atherosclerosis.
  • Sugars and refined carbohydrates, such as white rice and white flour products (like bread, crackers, and pasta). Eating too many sugars and refined carbohydrates can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems.

More on this topic

Understanding Wellness (VIDEO)

What Is Wellness?

Quit Smoking

Smoking & Your Arteries

Eat Healthy

Foods to Avoid

Foods to Enjoy

Fiber Helps Lower Cholesterol

Good Fats: Omegas 3 & 6

The Daily Nutrition You Need

Portion Control

Daily Exercise

Aerobic Exercise

Speed Up Your Metabolism

Benefits of Exercise

Lose Weight

Measuring Fat

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The material on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. It should not be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Consult a licensed medical professional for the diagnosis and treatment of all medical conditions and before starting a new diet or exercise program. If you have a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.