What is nutrition and why does it matter?

Nutrition plays a vital role in an overall healthy lifestyle. A balanced diet plan with enough nutrients from vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and protein-rich foods can prevent chronic diseases and help you live longer. If you're not sure how to plan a balanced, nutritious diet, talk to a dietitian. Poor nutrition contributes to many costly diseases, such as obesity, heart disease, and some types of cancer.

People with adequate nutrition are more productive and can create opportunities to gradually break the cycles of poverty and hunger. Nutrition is the study of nutrients in food, how the body uses them, and the relationship between diet, health, and disease. People with children under the age of five can access services for women, infants and children (WIC), which provide supplemental nutritious food and nutrition counseling.