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Healthy Eating

Learn the basics of healthy eating to help you feel more confident, be a good role model, and manage your waistline.

Watch this video to learn more about active living healthy eating on a budget: English | Español | Lus Hmoob | Soomaali

This calculator uses imperial (U.S.) or metric units.


What activity level should I choose?

If you never or rarely include physical activity in your day, choose Sedentary.

If you include light activity (walking, gardening) or moderate activity (fast walking, water aerobics) 2-3 times a week, choose Somewhat active.

If you include at least 30 minutes of moderate activity most days of the week, or 20 minutes of vigorous activity (running, bicycling, lap swimming) at least 3 times a week, choose Active.

If you include large amounts of moderate or vigorous activity in each day, choose Very active.

If you include vigorous exercise or sports every day and have a physically demanding job, or train twice a day, choose Extremely active.

Activity Level

Your caloric intake should be                     

Related Resources

The Recipe Box — Quick, simple recipes using easy-to-find ingredients that work in even the tightest budget.

Active Living — Keep your body moving daily in big and small ways to maintain or improve your health.

Healthy & Fit on the Go — Great ideas to stay healthy and fit when away from home.

Dealing with Stress: A Web-based Educational Series — Free online workshops on stress. Includes a workshop on managing the physical effects of stress through exercise and nutrition.

Other Resources

Simply Good Eating — Classes that help people with limited income discover how to make healthy food choices while stretching food dollars and be more active.

Cooking Matters™ Minnesota — Hands-on, cooking-based nutrition education programs that help low-income families prepare healthy and tasty meals.

ChooseMyPlate.govUnited States Department of Agriculture — MyPlate resources, dietary guidelines, and online tools to help you and your family eat a balanced diet.

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