Eating Healthy Tools

Graphic logo of the logoIn addition to the tips and resources provided in the Eating Healthy section, we’ve identified additional tools that can help you to make smarter food choices. illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image—a place setting for a meal. This site provides you with information about weight management and calories, physical activities, and healthy eating.

Fruits and vegetables are great sources of many vitamins, minerals and other natural substances that may help protect you from chronic diseases. Some of these nutrients may also be found in other healthy foods. Discover how many fruits and vegetables you should eat and tips for eating more fruits and vegetables. Why Do Fruits and Vegetables Matter to Men?

MyPlatePlan shows your food group targets – what and how much to eat within your calorie allowance. Your food plan is personalized, based on your age, sex, height, weight, and physical activity level. The MyPlate Plan is also available in Spanish.

You can look up individual foods to see or compare their nutritional value, find recommendations for what and how much you should eat, compare your food choices to these recommendations and to your nutrient needs, and assess personal physical activities and identify ways to improve. Use the MyFoodData to look up a food to get quick access to nutrition and to compare two foods. MyPlatePlan also provides you with personalized daily food plans.

The Driving Healthy Diet Tracker is a simple food and activity tracker based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Fruits & Veggies On a Budget is a comprehensive resource providing tips for meal planning and shopping, including how to shop for fruits and vegetables on a budget.

The Healthy Shopping Guide provides a simple list of the foods that are the healthiest choices when looking for proteins, carbohydrates, healthy fats, and vegetables.

The Nutrition Source, website maintained by the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, is a comprehensive nutrition resource.

WebMD created an interactive portion size plate easy-to-understand guidelines to help you avoid some common portion-size pitfalls. They’ve also created a wallet-sized guide that can help you to stay on track while on the road.

Eating Right to Manage Health Conditions

The American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Food Hub provides you with new recipes, cooking tips and a meal plan each month.

The American Heart Association’s Nutrition Center provides nutrition information to maintain your family’s heart health.

Dotti’s Weight Loss Zone provides regularly updated nutrition information for many of your favorite restaurants.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides tips for eating a carefully planned diet, which may improve health and/or reduce symptoms resulting from certain conditions or diseases, such as celiac disease, diabetes, kidney disease and eating disorders.

CMV Driver-Specific Cookbooks and Guides

Roadcookin’: A Long Haul Driver’s Guide to Healthy Eating by Registered Dietitian Pam Whitfield and Don Jacobson is a phenomenal guide to a healthier over the road lifestyle. The authors, co-hosts of the popular “Roadcookin’” segment on Sirius Radio’s Loading Dock morning program, discuss health issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes through nutritional changes.  The guide includes recipes and weekly shopping lists for meals made in lunch box ovens, fry pans, and slow cookers. Check out the Roadcookin’ Facebook Group for additional tips and resources.

Written by a registered dietitian and a health writer, Real Meals on 18 Wheels: A Guide for Healthy Living on the Highway gives you tips on making food choices, normal servings, cooking on the road, physical activity, and more.

More for Your Money: Resources for Stretching Your Food Budget

Eating healthier can often seem more expensive. Find out how you can increase the number of fruits and vegetables that you while staying on budget.

Start with these Intuit Turbo’s 28 tips for eating healthier on a budget.

EatDrinkDeals is the nation’s leading news website for discount dining information. EatDrinkDeals covers national chains and provides restaurant coupons, coupon codes, and general information on how to get the best dining deals. EatDrinkDeals has been featured in Consumer Reports.

Visit to get assistance from a food pantry.

Eating Healthy on a Budget provides tips and materials to help you make choices that are not only healthy but also economical.

The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks secures and distributes 4.3 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs throughout the United States and leads the nation to engage in the fight against hunger. Contact your local community food bank to find food or click here to read about public assistance programs.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) serves more than 28 million low-income individuals each month. It is one of the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service’s 15 nutrition assistance programs that touch the lives of one in five Americans each year and work in concert to form a national safety net against hunger. To see if you are eligible for SNAP benefits, check out the eligibility requirements. Use the Who to contact location search dropdown to find state information/hotline numbers to get information on SNAP benefit questions.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.