Make 2016 your year of better nutrition

They say “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but that’s not the whole truth. While apples are healthy and delicious, there are many other important factors in having a nutritious diet.

Over 35% of U.S. adults are obese. An unhealthy body weight puts you at a greater risk for many diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer. However, a healthy diet and exercise can help you lower these risks and better your overall health. Not sure how to get started? Medicare can help.

Medicare covers 15-minute face-to-face individual behavioral therapy sessions and 30-minute face-to-face group behavioral counseling sessions to help you lose weight if you have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. Find out if you qualify for this service.

The Million Hearts® Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Resource Center can be a good resource in starting or maintaining a healthy diet. Million Hearts© is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The resource center was developed in partnership with EatingWell magazine and features calorie-controlled, heart-healthy recipes for you and your family.

Planning and understanding your diet can help you stay on track. Visit the SuperTracker on ChooseMyPlate.gov to help you plan, analyze, and track your diet and physical activity.

Next time you reach for that apple, remember all the things you can do to become a healthier you.