Fuel Facts

Don't Let your Diet slow you down

A mix of healthy food - fruits, vegetables, dairy, grains, lean meat - can help your body keep up with your favorite activities. Modify some of your go-to meals to incorporate more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

A healthy diet can reduce your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and other medical complications.

For athletes - including kids and teens involved in school or club sports - eating healthy is important to avoid undoing their hard work at practices or games. Balanced meals and healthy snacks will keep them playing their best.

Water bottleWater for the Win

Water is the original sugar-free, ultra-hydrating sports drink. 

Hydration is particularly important when you're physically active, but sugary drinks can pour on the calories. Even fruit juices and sports drinks can be loaded with sugar.

Plain water in a reusable bottle is a great choice. Drinking water is a win for your health. Choosing reusable bottles instead of disposable ones is a win for the environment. You can amp up your water with natural flavor by infusing it with fruits, herbs or vegetables.

Movement Matters

Exercise is linked to better sleep, mood, focus, and overall health.

School-age kids and teens should get at least one hour of physical activity every day, according to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. It strengthens their bones and muscles. Organized sports through schools or clubs are a good option to stay active.

Younger children also need regular physical activity and should be moving several hours total each day. Adults should aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week, with muscle-strengthening activities on at least two days per week.

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This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—SNAP. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.