March is National Nutrition Month
“Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day”
Each March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages Americans to return to the basics of healthy eating through National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” emphasizes the advantages of developing a healthful eating plan that incorporates individual food choices and preferences. Consumers are encouraged to include foods they love as part of a healthy eating plan that is tailored to their lifestyles, traditions, and health needs. This helps to combat the common misconception that eating healthfully means giving up favorite foods.
The Academy strives to communicate healthy eating messages that highlight a balance of foods and beverages with energy needs. The total diet or overall pattern of food eaten is the most important focus of healthy eating. Most favorite foods can fit within this pattern, if consumed in moderation with appropriate portion size and combined with physical activity. There is no one-size-fits-all way to eat that is right for everyone. Academy spokesperson Jim White offers the following tips to eat right for your lifestyle:
Career: Busy work days and business travel can lead to on-the-fly meals. For desktop dining, keep single-serve packages of crackers, fruit, peanut butter, low-sodium soup or canned tuna in your desk. Always on the go? Tuck portable, non perishable foods in a purse, briefcase or backpack for a meal on the run. Try granola bars, peanut butter and crackers, fresh fruit, trail mix or single serve packages of whole-grain cereal or crackers.
Families: Caring for family, whether children, elderly parents or both, can be a handful. However, family meals allow parents to be role models to promote healthy eating. And, just because a meal is made quickly doesn’t mean it can’t be nutritious. Keep things simple. Build a collection of recipes for quick and easy family favorites. Choose ingredients that you can use for more than one meal. Ask for help. Get the kids involved making a salad, setting the table or another simple task.
Article adapted from www.eatright.org.
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Tuesday, March 19 at the Vitality Fitness Center
Noon – 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
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