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Healthier Diet Choices Don't Have to Be Difficult

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new year brings a fresh chance to start improving your diet -- and your health.

With the holidays in the rear view mirror, now is as good a time as any to work on improving your diet. Swapping out unhealthy foods and drinks for more healthy ones is nothing new, but some helpful changes may be easier than you think.

A campaign run by Public Health England found that substituting sugary drinks with sugar-free alternatives could reduce a family's sugar intake by three-quarters of a bag in just one month. In the same timespan, substituting skim milk for whole milk could reduce a family's fat intake by one-third of a pint.

Experts also recommend selecting low or reduced-fat cheese, which is also high in calcium and protein.

Cutting down on sugary breakfast cereals and starting your day with healthier breakfast choices is also an easy way to improve your diet.

By making changes in "like-for-like" foods, you can improve your diet and cut your levels of saturated fat, sugar and calories without giving up all of your favorite foods.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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