Nutrition/Healthy Eating

Nourish the whole you.

Nutrition and healthy eating are keys to your wellness journey. Every day, what you eat and the food choices you make directly impact your mind and body.


What’s my first step?

The best step is to start by understanding where you are in your health and wellness journey. Knowing where you are starts with taking a total health assessment.

Then, you can decide where to go next!

Take the total health assessment now.

Your healthy eating toolbox

The National Institutes of Health also has Nutrition Tools and Resources for help with healthy eating.

How do I get started?

You can eat healthier one small bite at a time.

Nourish® will get you started by creating a free custom healthy eating plan (for Kaiser Permanente members only).

Balance® can help you lose weight with a free personalized eating, exercise, and behavior-change plan (for Kaiser Permanente members only).

Are there some general good eating guidelines I should follow?

Healthy eating can include:

The USDA provides some key recommendations that can help educate you on your next steps. Pick the right food and the amounts with USDA’s Choose My Plate.

This booklet is full of tips, tricks, and recipes to meet your MyPlate goals on a budget.

Learn more about good eating guidelines.

Kids and Family Health

Forming healthy habits is easier than you think

Eating healthier and forming better habits is easier than you may think. Starting small is the key. Develop an action plan that suits you. Behavior modification is the first step. Learn “How to Form Healthy Habits: How to Eat Healthier.”

Watch the video now.

How can I cook healthier?

Eating healthier starts in the kitchen. A nourishing meal is easy to prepare when you have the right resources!

Did you know that half your dinner plate should be filled with fresh, delicious vegetables? Learn more about how to set your plate.

Are there additional online tools I can use?

Check out Food for Health. You’ll find recipes and short essays about food and nutrition. There are also links to related sites, including these cooking videos.


Healthy Eating

Healthy shopping cooking and snacking for busy families

Want tips on shopping choices? Ready to embark on healthy cooking? Wondering which snacks are worth their salt? Our nutritionist will guide you through practical steps to healthier eating at home.

Watch the video now.

What's plant-based eating about?

Plant-based diets are based on minimally processed vegetables, tubers, whole grains, legumes, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Research has shown there are many health benefits to eating all or mostly plant foods.

The Lifestyle Medicine Program for Kaiser Permanente Northwest members focuses on plant-based eating. Please talk with your primary care doctor, or call 503-571-3123 for more information.

Can the right diet really improve health problems?

Of course! Did you know that diet can play a role in preventing, managing, and improving:

A healthy diet is a powerful medicine. It can add years to your life.

Could a health coach help me?

Sometimes, we all need a little help as we’re working towards a goal. As you work to eat healthier, a health coach can help you work towards your goals and keep you on track.

We encourage you to learn more about Kaiser Permanente’s health coaching sessions.

Your prevention plan

Staying well by preventing or delaying disease is possible with health screenings and immunizations. Prevention plans can be tailored to every member of your family.

Learn more about preventive care services.

You also can find more health and wellness info with podcasts and videos at, and with free live and recorded webinars at