Active Bodies Active Minds | Nutrition

Active Bodies Active Minds | Nutrition

Keeping your body strong and healthy helps you learn better, feel better and live better.

It's important to make healthy choices to stay in shape...Follow these guidelines and tips and you'll be on your way to living a healthy lifestyle!  After you learn about making healthy food choices, be sure to check out Get Active with MLS!

Healthy Halftime Snacks

MLS WORKS has teamed up with renowned doctors and experts to provide you with the Healthy Halftime Snacks Guide:

Whole grain pretzels*
Trail Mix*
Carrot and celery sticks
Half wheat bagel with jam
Whole wheat crackers*
Banana and strawberries or grapes and
cherries or other fruits
Popcorn (low salt and little or no butter)*
Animal crackers* and orange slices
Bagel with low-fat cream cheese and jelly
Low-fat yogurt with granola or fruit
Applesauce and string cheese
Pretzels* and low-fat milk
Hummus and mini pita
Trail Mix*
Apple and peanut butter
Half a peanut butter sandwich


*A handful or two of these snacks one hour before or one hour following exercise will give your body more energy for action.


My Plate

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, was established to improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans. Visit or follow @MyPlate for the recommended amount of daily servings in all 5 food groups and be on your way to a healthy lifestyle. Click on each section to learn more about the food groups:










Protein foods

Make half your grains whole.

Vary your veggies.

Focus on fruits.

Get your calcium-rich foods.

Go lean with protein.

Below are 10 quick tips to help you create a great plate:

  1. Balance calories
  2. Enjoy your food, but eat less
  3. Avoid oversized portions
  4. Eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and fat-free or 1% dairy products
  5. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
  6. Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk
  7. Make half your grains whole grains
  8. Cut back on foods high in solid fats, added sugars and salt
  9. Compare sodium in foods
  10. Drink water instead of sugary drinks

For more information on MyPlate visit


Blast Off

To help kids understand the importance of proper fitness and nutrition as part of a healthy lifestyle, the U.S. Department of Agriculture developed select challenges and competitions designed to allow kids to plan out diet and exercise based on ChooseMyPlate nutrition guidelines. Play now!

Health Canada

Eating well and being active work together for a healthier lifestyle. Make sure to enjoy a variety of foods from the four food groups and stay hydrated. Visit Health Canada at to learn more about Canada’s Food Guide and other tips to help you make wise and healthy food choices.