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Healthy Eating

For many Atchison County residents, it’s difficult to regularly consume the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. The reason? For a lot of us, the answer is affordability and availability. For others, it’s lack of food knowledge. The key to healthy eating lies in having access to healthy options so that we can make healthy choices.


How we make a difference.

Live Well Live Atchison is working to educate the community on proper nutrition and make healthy food options more accessible through collaboration with:

  • Local food pantries

  • Grocery stores

  • Restaurants

  • Schools

  • Local food growers

  • Businesses

​We want to develop systems that make fresh, healthy food more accessible to families.

Why it matters

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 nutrition affects health

Healthy eating is so much more than dieting and losing weight. Eating a nutritious diet promotes overall health, prevents disease, and can help you:

  • Lose weight

  • Lower blood sugar

  • Fight obesity

  • Improve blood pressure

  • Lower cholesterol

A diet full of lean protein, whole grains, healthy fats, and plenty of fruits and vegetables has even been proven to affect our ability to think clearly, make good decisions, and enjoy enough energy to live full, robust lives.


simple changes make a difference

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated or intimidating. Small, simple changes can really add up and make a huge impact on your health.

  • Begin each day with breakfast.

  • Eat your meals sitting at a table, without distractions.

  • Eat when you’re hungry; stop when you’re comfortably full.

  • Cut down or eliminate fast food.

  • Give up second helpings.

  • Cook more meals at home.

  • Read food labels.

  • Drink lots of water.

Our goal is to increase overall food knowledge, as well as the consumption of and access to healthy foods.


eating out can add up

Here are some helpful tips on how to cut down on your consumption when eating out:

  • Skip complementary foods like chips or bread.

  • Ask for salad dressings or other sauces on the side.

  • Ask for a to-go container right away and add half of your meal to the container for later.

  • Ask your server for a side salad instead of fries or chips.

  • Order sandwiches without cheese, bacon, mayonnaise. Instead, ask for extra lettuce, tomato, and onion to add flavor.

  • Share your dessert with a friend.

Healthy Eating Intitatives

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