Healthy eating is all about balance and variety. Focus on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy proteins like fish, beans, nuts, and lean meats. Avoid sugars, which can hide in many foods and drinks. Watch your portion sizes, especially for foods that are high in calories.

Healthy eating

  • ChooseMyPlate – info and tools about food groups, healthy eating, and physical activity (USDA)
  • The Nutrition Source – resources about healthy eating, including recipes, quick tips, and “ask the expert” (Harvard School of Public Health)
  • MyFitnessPal – track what you’re eating using this website or app


Meal planning and grocery shopping

  • Menu planning – eat healthier and spend less (Mayo Clinic)
  • Kitchen staples – keep these staples on hand, and you’ll always have ingredients for something quick, tasty, and healthy
  • Grocery game plan – tips for menu planning and a free template (USDA)
  • Food Labels – understand food labels so that you can make better choices while shopping (FDA)
  • Navigating the Grocery Store – upbeat short videos that help you choose healthier foods in the grocery store (Eat Smart, Move More NC)
  • Healthy Eating on a Budget – tips and tools for shopping and cooking on a budget (USDA)
  • Charlottesville Grocery Store Tours – Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital offers grocery store tours every month at Giant on Pantops.


Cooking and eating out

  • Kitchen equipment – 15 pieces of equipment to get every home kitchen started
  • EatingWell – recipes and tips to help you make healthy eating a way of life
  • Cooking with Kids – age-based suggestions to let your kids help in the kitchen (Kansas State Univ.)
  • Let’s Cook Together – benefits of cooking with your kids, kitchen safety rules (USDA)
  • Eating foods away from home – 10 tips to make healthier choices when eating out (USDA)
  • PB & J Fund – working with community partners to provide healthy meals and teach cooking to Charlottesville youth


Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers