Health Starts Here Program

A little about our Health Starts Here Program:

At Whole Foods Market Raleigh, we believe in eating Whole, Unprocessed, Nutrient-Dense foods. Our Health Starts Here program features recipes, classes, products, and events that all focus on healthy eating. Health Starts Here is a simple, mindful approach to healthy eating that's rooted in these four simple ways to build better meals.

1. WHOLE FOODS: We believe that food in its purest state - without artificial additives, sweeteners, colorings, and preservatives - is the best tasting and most nutritious food available. Eat whole, unprocessed foods.

2. PLANT-STRONG: No matter what type of diet you follow - including those with dairy, meat or seafood - reconfigure your plate so the majority of your meal is created from an abundance of raw and cooked vegetables, fruits, legumes and beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Eat a colorful variety of plants.

3. HEALTHY FATS: Get healthy fats from whole plant sources, such as nuts, seeds and avocados. These foods are rich in micronutrients as well. Work to eliminate (or minimize) extracted oils and processed fats. Eat healthy fats.

4. NUTRIENT DENSE: Choose foods that are rich in micronutrients when compared to their total caloric content. Micronutrients include vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals. For guidance on this, look for Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI) scoring system in our stores. Eat nutrient dense foods.