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Eat Wise!

What is a healthy diet?

A healthy diet includes colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein sources, and healthy fats. Whole grains include oats, brown rice, whole wheat, and quinoa. Protein comes from beans, lentils, fish, tofu, and lean red meats. Most of your diet should come from plant-based sources. Keep it simple! As author Michael Pollan has written, “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”

Why is a healthy diet important?

A healthy diet is important for your overall health and well-being. Good nutrition can prevent disease and helps treat conditions like high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Part of our mission at Lighten Up Lancaster County is to ensure that everyone has access to fresh, healthy, affordable food.

Get started with our cookbooks and recipes

Lighten Up Lancaster has created three delicious and nutritious cookbooks to make cooking simple for you! You can choose traditional Pennsylvania Dutch, Latino-style, or traditional African-American soul food recipes. Click “Cookbooks” on the left menu.

Our recipe blog is full of healthy dishes you can make at home. Click “Healthy Recipes” on the left menu.

Resources we recommend

Cleaning Eating Recipe Modifications
Try our recipe modifications guide.

Plan, analyze and track your food and physical activity on your phone, tablet, or computer.

MyPlate Daily Checklist
Print a simple checklist customized for your age and calorie needs and make sure you’re getting all the nutritious foods you need in a day.


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Lighten Up Lancaster County Coalition is a group of concerned individuals, organizations and employers, in partnership with Lancaster General Health, who want to increase the number of children and adults in Lancaster County who are at a healthy weight.

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