Eating Healthy

You have the power to improve your health. Read our Guide to Healthy Eating and Active Living in NYC (PDF) [Español: Guía para una alimentación saludable y una vida activa en la ciudad de Nueva York (PDF)].

Small Changes, Better Health

Mother and dauther duo, Kim and Pura, made a few simple changes to better their health. Watch how they change to healthy eating habits.

Healthy Eating Tips

Eating healthy is important for good health. Here are some tips for eating well and maintaining a healthy weight:

  • Drink very low-calorie beverages, like water and unsweetened tea, or beverages that are nutritious, like fat-free or low-fat milk. Avoid sugary drinks.
  • Watch your portions. When eating at home, serve food on individual plates, instead of putting serving dishes on the table. Fill half your plate with vegetables. When eating out, share a main course with a friend or take half home.
  • Keep to recommended calorie levels for your age, gender, weight and physical activity level. Learn more about recommended daily calorie intake guidelines.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Packing items like apples, bananas, celery, and carrot sticks when you are on the go is an easy way to add heart-healthy fruits and vegetables to your day.
  • Eat whole grains, like brown rice, whole-wheat bread and whole-grain pasta. Limit refined grains, like white rice and white bread.
  • Choose fish, poultry, lean meats, beans, eggs, nuts, and low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products. Limit red meat, and avoid bacon, cold cuts, and other processed meats.
  • Use healthy fats, such as canola and olive oils. Avoid unhealthy fats, such as lard, butter and trans fat-containing foods.

Being overweight or obese can put you at increased risk for many diseases, including heart disease and diabetes. Learn about the Health Department's healthy eating initiatives for New Yorkers.

Healthy Living Resources