A Digest on Healthy Eating and Healthy Living
Over the course of 2021, many of us continued to adapt to a “new normal,” characterized by a return to some pre-pandemic activities mixed with hobbies or habits that have emerged since 2020’s lockdowns. On the topic of food and eating, according to one U.S. consumer survey the year marked a decrease in certain behaviors that had changed abruptly during 2020. For example, fewer Americans reported that they were “snacking more” (18% in 2021 vs. 32% in 2020) or “eating more in general” (11% in 2021 vs. 20% in 2020). However, consumers also signaled a decrease in cooking at home (47% in 2021 vs. 60% in 2020); while other survey findings underscored significant disparities in food security. Beyond food, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to generate a wide range of unique and individual impacts, and the emergence of new disease variants is a sobering reminder of the urgency for increased vaccination globally, especially in low- and lower-middle-income countries.
As we all continue to navigate the twists and turns of this pandemic, we once again invite you to do what you can to incorporate healthy behaviors into your daily life. This year’s edition revisits the core themes of eating well, being active, and getting enough sleep with selected research highlights, as well as a closer look at some popular nutrition and lifestyle topics. We hope that you find it useful, and we wish you a very healthy and fulfilling 2022.
Download a copy of the Healthy Living Guide (PDF) featuring printable tip sheets and summaries, or access many of the full online articles through the links below.
Key features this issue:
- A blueprint for building healthy meals
- Exploring aquatic foods
- Are anti-nutrients harmful?
- Navigating information on food packages
- The science of cravings
- Anti-inflammatory diet review
- Clearing up confusion on soy and health
- Spotlight on collagen
- Staying active:
- Workout supplement review
- Updates on sleep
Plus: Test your healthy living knowledge
Hint: the answers can be found throughout last year’s Healthy Living Guide. Access the full edition here if you haven’t checked it out!