This Saturday at the Downtown Des Moines Farmers' Market, the
UnityPoint Health Weight Loss Clinic staff will be on-hand sharing tips on how
to make healthy food choices, portion control and the importance of exercise!
Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away?
The benefits of eating healthy are limitless! Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins and antioxidants - yes, even apples! A healthy diet is essential for the body to
function properly and optimally, and also helps us to maintain a healthy
weight. Good nutrition promotes physical
and mental health in several ways, for example:
- The Heart - Years of research gives us solid evidence that
certain foods increase the risk for heart disease, and that there is a direct
link to unsaturated fats and cholesterol. By avoiding foods high in unsaturated
fats and cholesterol, we can promote healthy heart function for years to
- Our Bones - Bones are important at any age, but many bone
conditions that develop later in life can be avoided by providing our bodies
with enough calcium in our diet. Milk and other dairy products contain calcium
and should be consumed every day.
- More ENERGY! - Are you tired of being tired? Foods that are
excessively sugary or high in fats can minimize our energy levels from day to
day. Fats are slow to digest and don't provide a steady source of energy, while
sugary foods can cause blood sugar levels to fluctuate, making us tired very
shortly after eating. Eating a healthy
diet promotes constant energy throughout the day!
- Improved Self Confidence - When we make the conscious choice to eat
better and healthier, we begin to have more energy and feel better about
ourselves. Even if weight loss isn't a
goal, the benefit of eating healthy will be felt, and seen!
The Downtown Des Moines Farmers' Market is a great place to
get in some exercise while shopping for fresh, locally-grown foods. Stop by our tent located at 3rd
& Court to learn more about healthy nutrition and exercise. And to make
eating your fresh finds a little easier, we'll also be giving away fruit and veggie scrubbers!
We'll see you at The Market!