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Healthier Eating Out

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What can I do to avoid excess calories and sodium when eating out?

  • The best thing you can do to avoid excess calories and sodium is to eat out less often.
  • Making meals at home gives you more control over what food you eat and what cooking methods you use (e.g. bake, broil, boil, steam, roast, poach and grill foods instead of frying them).
  • If you are eating out, make sure to ask your waiter for nutrition information!
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See the next page for additional tips that can help you to make healthier choices when eating out.

What are calories?

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Calories are a measure of energy in food. Most adults need about 2000 per day and children require less. Eating more calories than your body needs can lead to weight gain.

For more information on daily calorie requirements click here.

Want to know what else you can do to maintain a healthy weight?

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For more information call
DURHAM REGION HEALTH DEPARTMENT
905-668-7711 OR 1-800-841-2729