Thursday, March 14, 2013

March Is National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is, "Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day," which encourages personalized healthy eating styles and recognizes that food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions and health concerns all impact individual food choices.

National Nutrition Month encourages nationwide nutrition education and was created forty years ago by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. We all are well aware that eating healthy will make people look better, feel better, and help them lead healthier lives, but making the right food choices on a daily basis can present challenges. Many of us do not take the time for ourselves to make good health a focus. Between the stress of daily life, work, and family – health and self-care are easy to put on the back burner. Below are a few tips on how to incorporate more healthy eating habits into your daily life.
  • Eat a Variety of Nutrient-Rich Foods You need more than 40 different nutrients for good health and no single food supplies them all. Incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet can increase your nutrient intake and help protect you from a plethora of diseases. 
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight The weight that's right for you depends on many factors including your sex, height, age and heredity. Excess body fat increases your chances for high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some types of cancer, and other illnesses.
  • Eat Moderate Portions If you keep portion sizes reasonable, it's easier to eat the foods you want and to stay healthy.
  • Eat Regular Meals Skipping meals can lead to out-of-control hunger, often resulting in overeating.
  • Drink Water Cut calories by drinking water or unsweetened beverages. Soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks are a major source of added sugar, and calories, in American diets.
  • Cut Sodium Intake Select foods labeled “low sodium,” ”reduced sodium,” or “no salt added.” 
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