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Eat Healthy and Stay Active in the New Year

Posted by Nutrition.gov staff, National Agricultural Library in Food and Nutrition
Jan 03, 2022
A man making a healthy salad using a recipe on a tablet

Happy New Year! What are your health goals for 2022? Whether you want to accomplish a fitness goal or focus on healthy eating, nutrition and exercise are key to meeting your goals. Discover tips to help you make healthy choices that fit with your lifestyle, personal needs and preferences.

  1. Eat a Variety of Foods
    The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 recommend consuming a healthy, balanced diet with protein, grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy and oils. Choose different foods from each group over time to get a variety of nutrients. For example, dark green leafy vegetables like kale provide iron and folate, while orange vegetables like carrots provide vitamin A. Get inspired to try new foods by browsing Nutrition.gov recipes.
  2. Add Physical Activities to Your Daily Routine
    Work, studies and personal tasks can make life busy, but even fitting small exercise breaks into your schedule helps keep your body healthy. For example, stretch for 15 minutes after waking in the morning, or take a 10-minute walk during your lunch break. Find examples and videos to try at home.
  3. Choose Healthy Habits that Fit Your Preferences
    What foods are an important part of your culture and traditions? What types of activities do you enjoy the most? Ask yourself these questions when planning your healthy habits. You will be more likely to stick with your goals over time if they include foods and activities that you prefer.

Browse online tools to help you with healthy eating and exercise tips.

Category/Topic: Food and Nutrition

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