Friday, March 22, 2013

The Price Is Right When It Comes to Your Health

Written by Kristen Petrozza
Part of National Nutrition Month 2013

The talk of the decade is all about eating healthy, getting into shape, and shedding years off your life. But how is this possible to do when it can come at such a hefty price?

Whether you are a college student, living on your own for the first time, or providing for a large family, eating nutritious foods is possible to do on a budget. Stopping by a fast food restaurant on the way home from work or school may seem cheaper, when it reality you are causing your body and wallet more harm in the future. In 2008, the CDC found that those who were obese paid $1,429 more in medical costs than those of a normal weight. Though you may think buying your dinner three nights a week on a dollar menu will save you money, it is important to think of the long-term consequences and realize that your health is not something to dismiss.

So how is it possible to eat right and stay under budget? It just takes simple planning. Sitting down one night a week and making a list of meals to eat throughout the week allows you to buy in bulk and prepare meals ahead of time. Buying in bulk will save you pennies, as many family-size packages of chicken and frozen vegetables are cheaper! Speaking of frozen, frozen vegetables may be less expensive than fresh and will last longer. A few more tips:
  • Buy fruits and vegetables in season! They are usually less expensive and easy to buy
  • Plant your own garden!
  • Cut coupons and buy store brand items to cut the prices

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Choose My Plate. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. 
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