A change in diet can affect your health & feeling of wellness. Recognize that in addition to making certain that you receive the proper nutrition, it may be wise to maintain a diet similar to what you are accustomed. This is particularly true if the international student in the U.S. has adopted a faster pace, and relies more on fast-food restaurants and vending machines. If your diet at home has been primarily vegetables, rice, beans or fish, a switch to the red meats and fatty foods that are common at fast food restaurants can cause stomach problems. Finally, a health diet is highly recommended to assist the body’s immune system fight illnesses.

Also, you may find that many Americans rely heavily on coffee, both to socialize and maintain alertness. If your body is not accustomed to the caffeine or acid connected with coffee, you may find that teas are a better choice.

For more information on maintaining a healthy diet, check out the following links:

International Food Information Council ­ "Ten Tips for Healthy Eating" http://www.ific.org/publications/brochures/tentipsbroch.cfm

Center for Nutrional Policy & Promotion http://www.usda.gov/cnpp

CDC "Healthy Eating Tips" http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/tips/index.htm

Australian Guide to Healthy Eating "Practical Ways to Include a Variety of Foods" http://www.health.gov.au/pubhlth/strateg/food/guide/practical.htm

Dieticians of Canada "5 Healthy Tips for Eating" http://www.dietitians.ca/english/factsheets/e1998_01.html

British Nutrition Foundation The Balance of Good Health http://www.nutrition.org.uk/home.asp?siteId=43§ionId=874&subSectionId=320&parentSection=299&which=1


Foreign Language Information

Asian Food Pyramid (Georgia State University) - Chinese language material
HICUP - Home of Chinese Health Information

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