National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month, an education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  It has been proven that a combination of making good food choices and creating exercise habits can help provide a healthier life for you and your family.

This year, the theme is to "Go Further with Food" and promotes the idea of starting with a healthy breakfast or fueling up with nutritious snacks before athletic activities as a great way to make your food work for your body and go further.  

Some key tips:

  1. Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis.
  2. Consider the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store.
  3. Buy only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days and plan ways to use the leftovers later in the week.
  4. Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that's right for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.
  5. Continue to use good food safety practices.
  6. Find activities you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
  7. Realize the benefits of healthy eating by consulting with a registered dietitian nutritionist. RDNs can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.

Tools to use:

  • MyPlate - resource for building healthy portions and food choices
  • EatRight.org - education resource for food, health and fitness

Source: http://sm.eatright.org/NNMinfo