March has been dedicated to focus on nutrition on the national stage. National Nutrition Month is a campaign dedicated to providing nutrition education and information with an emphasis on the importance of making informed food choices; developing sound eating, and physical activity habits. During this month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, desires to achieve its vision of a world where all people thrive through the transformative power of food and nutrition.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, key messages:
-Discover the benefits of a healthy eating style.
-Choose foods and drinks that are good for your health.
-Include a variety of healthful foods from all food groups on a regular basis. Example - MyPlate
-Select healthier options when away from home. Example - If dining out for meals.
-Be mindful of portion sizes.
-Keep it simple. Eating healthy does not have to be complicated.
-Make food safety apart of your routine.
-Help to reduce food waste by considering foods you have on hand before buying more at the store
-Be physically active most days of the week.
-Consult a nutrition expert.
Zing's Top 5 Health Tips
Moderation is Key! – Portion, portion, and portion! Eat foods in limited amounts.
Hold on the Salt! – Reduce your salt consumption. Try seasoning your foods with spices and herbs instead of salt.
One and Done! – Eat one serving of food; avoid second helpings.
Obey the Border! – Don’t have your food falling off the plate and merging with your other portions. Remember your MyPlate portions.
Remember, know your numbers! – Start keeping record of your health values such as, blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, weight, and etc. This is measurable, meaning these are numbers, which allows you to asses and determine changes you may need to consider.