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As HERwriters for EmpowHER.com, we are required to do extensive research for each health column. Over these last two years, I have been impressed with the health information available on government websites.
The health information is free, up-to-date and available in foreign languages. Also, when I contact the government organizations, via phone or email, for additional information or an interview; they call me back promptly.
One standout website is First Lady Michelle Obama’s ʺLet’s Moveʺ initiative. Here are a few valuable items the ʺLet’s Moveʺ website offers: a sample seven-day menu, tips for shopping for fruits/vegetables and the new MyPlate. MyPlate replaces the government’s food pyramid of the recommended daily food allowances.
Another great tool is the Three P’s of Eating on a Budget. The Three P’s offers easy healthy eat tips which including the planning, purchasing and preparing of your food. For example, the ʺLet’s Moveʺ initiative recommends the following:
• Check for sales and coupons in the local paper or online and consider discount stores
• Make a grocery list
• Include meals that will “stretch” expensive food items (stews, casseroles, stir‐fried dishes)
• Plan meals and snacks for the week according to an established budget
• Ask about a loyalty card at your grocery store
• Find quick and easy recipes online
• Buy groceries when you are not hungry and when you are not too rushed
• Buy store brands if cheaper
• Buy some items in bulk or as family packs which usually cost less
• Find and compare unit prices listed on shelves to get the best price
• Buy good low‐cost items which are available all year. Those include:
o Protein — beans (garbanzo, black, cannellini)
o Vegetables — carrots, greens, potatoes
o Fruit — apples, bananas
• Choose fresh fruits and vegetables in season, and buy canned vegetables with less salt.
• Stick to the grocery list and stay out of the aisles that don’t contain items on your list
• Pre‐cut fruits and vegetables, individual cups of yogurt, and instant rice and hot cereal are convenient, but usually cost more than those that require a bit more prep time.