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We Can!® Community News Feature

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Eat Healthy, Save Money

(NAPS) - Buying healthier food for your family does not have to cost more. We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition), a public education program from the National Institutes of Health for parents with children ages 8 to 13, suggests these tips to help you plan healthy family meals before you go to the store:

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  • Make a plan and stick with it. With a meal plan and a shopping list, you can get most food items in one trip. The fewer trips, the more you save.
  • Comparison shop. Use the unit price and the nutrition facts label to compare similar foods. Try store brands and save.
  • Buy in-season fruits and vegetables. Try a farmer’s market, where products often cost the same or less than your supermarket.
  • Don’t shop hungry. You are more likely to make unhealthy choices that you’ll regret later.

For a meal planner, recipes and other tools to help your family maintain a healthy weight on a budget, visit http://wecan.nhlbi.nih.gov or call (866) 35-WECAN.

Did You know? For tips and tools to help your family maintain a healthy weight—and maintain your budget—look for recipes and a meal planner at http://wecan.nhlbi.nih.gov or call (866) 35-WECAN. Buying healthier food for your family does not have to cost more.

Last Updated: February 13, 2013