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A healthy body needs nutrients (like vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates) for growth, development, energy, and running all of our body systems. Those nutrients should come mainly from the food you eat. Just as cars need gasoline to run, your body needs food to keep it going. But not just any food. To be your healthiest, and to look and feel your best, you need to give your body the right kinds and amounts of fuel.

It's lunch time, you're in the school cafeteria and you need to decide on a healthy meal! 

Just click on the best food items to see if you make good decisions.

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Yes! Fruit and vegetables are a healthy way to get the vitamins, minerals, fiber, and energy your body needs to feel and look good.

Yes! Whole grains deliver fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Great choice!

Now you are being silly! You can’t eat that for lunch. Try again!

Healthy eating is like a larger puzzle, where there is a spot for everything. As long as most of your puzzle has whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and low-fat dairy foods, plus some lean meats, fish, poultry, and beans, there is room for a few less-healthy choices.

This is a great way to get protein, which is the building blocks for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. Your body uses it to repair injuries and to make body chemicals like hormones and enzymes.

Way to stand up for your bones! The calcium in dairy products is critical for kids and teens who are still growing. Aim for 1,300 milligrams (about 3 servings) a day.

Yes! Fruits and vegetables are a healthy way to get the vitamins, minerals, fiber, and energy your body needs to feel and look good. The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
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