Mar 08, 2019

Make healthy choices—Medicare can help!

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People with diabetes may have heard that carbohydrates aren’t good for them. However, many carbohydrates provide vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for the body, and can be part of a healthful diet for people with or without diabetes. If you need help choosing foods that will support your health goals, Medicare can help.

Medicare covers medical nutrition therapy (MNT) services for people with diabetes or kidney disease. MNT services may include an initial nutrition and lifestyle assessment, individual or group nutritional therapy services, and follow-up visits to check on your progress. Find out if you qualify for these services.

A healthy diet includes a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups, including carbohydrates. You may choose carbohydrates like fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, and dairy products, including low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt. When you’re eating away from home, pick the healthier options.

If you need help, ChooseMyPlate.gov can help you create a personalized healthy eating plan and find physical activities to enjoy all year long. Also, the resources at EatRight® can help you plan and prepare meals.

Celebrate National Nutrition Month by creating a healthy eating plan and discovering physical activities that you enjoy. Find a combination of good foods and fun activities that fits your lifestyle.