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National Nutrition Month

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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Katrina Heisler
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March is National Nutrition Month, so for everyone who made a New Years resolution to eat better but maybe hasn’t always stayed on track, ahem, myself, this is a great time to focus on “getting your plate in shape” . The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics created this annual educational and informational campaign to stress the importance of making healthy food choices and developing lifelong eating and physical activity habits. A few tips on just how to get your plate in shape include making half of your plate have fruits or vegetables, making at least half your grains whole grains, switching to fat free or low-fat dairy products, varying your protein, and cutting back on sodium and sugar rich processed foods. 

I think the most important piece of advice is to slow down and enjoy your food. Eating smart doesn’t mean chocolate, chips or pizza are never allowed, but it certainly doesn’t mean it is okay to eat an entire box of Thin Mints in one sitting. You can see more about March’s healthy eating initiative on the website as well as healthy recipes, and books to help you on your way to becoming a National Nutrition Month all-star!

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