Carrying excess pounds puts a strain on your body and can cause pain in your knees and hips. The good news is that losing weight – even just 10 lbs. – can help improve osteoarthritis. Also, eating the right types of food will help your body be its best so you can lead an active life.

Canada's Food Guide
Health Canada published Canada's Food Guide to help all Canadians follow a healthy diet. You can download your free copy at:

Healthy Eating Tips

  • Use Canada's Food Guide to calculate the number of servings of each food group that's right for you.
  • Eat a variety of foods from all four food groups.
  • Eat at least one dark green and one orange vegetable a day, e.g., spinach or broccoli, and carrots or sweet potatoes.
  • Choose whole grain breads and cereals whenever possible.
  • Drink two cups of 1% or 2% milk every day.
  • Eat at least two servings of fish every week, e.g., herring, mackerel, salmon, or trout.
  • Cut down on foods and drinks high in fat, sugar, alcohol, or salt.
  • Drink plenty of water.

Antioxidants are substances found in food that help reduce inflammation by neutralizing some of the body's chemicals that cause inflammation and help protect joints from attack by free radicals. To boost your intake, reach for brightly coloured fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, oranges, beets, and broccoli.

Remember: Speak with your doctor or dietician about any food allergies or dietary restrictions you may have.