If It’s March, It’s National Nutrition Month!

Happy National Nutrition Month! National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

This years theme, “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day,” encourages personalized healthy eating styles and recognizes that food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions and health concerns all impact individual food choices. Registered dietitians play a critical role in helping people eat right, their way, every day.

It’s important to realize that eating your way can be possible when you pay attention to portion control, smart eating, and including all food groups into your diet when possible. Anything can be incorporated into your diet– the important thing to recognize is that moderation is key. You can still indulge in your favorite foods, but pay attention to the serving sizes you eat and how often you eat a particular food item. Also, pay close attention to the beverages you consume! One 20 oz. bottle of soda is equal to one hour of walking to burn it off! Stick to water as much as possible (it’s all we need to survive!) Don’t look into diets, look into LIFESTYLE changes! Feed your body what it deserves: a balance of nutrients that make you glow and feel healthy because nothing looks as good as healthy feels!! And never forget that moving your body with some sort of physical activity is needed in order to live a healthy lifestyle as well!

Promote and support nutrition awareness starting today, for the rest of the month, and for the rest of your life! Today is the day to make a change and stick to it for a lifetime. You deserve to be happy and full of energy through nutrition and fitness!

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For more information: http://www.eatright.org/nnm/#.UTAUbze_CSo

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

EVERYBODY KNOWS SOMEBODY. It’s estimated that we see 3,000 advertisements each day, often messages that result in women and men hating their bodies.

This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Twenty million women and 10 million men suffer from a diagnosed eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating or another non-specified eating problem, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. If left untreated, they can lead to other serious health problems affecting the heart or digestive organs.

Americans afflicted with eating disorders outnumber those with Alzheimer’s disease almost six to one, but National Institutes of Health funding for Alzheimer’s averages way over the amount that is spent to research eating disorders.

98% of American women are not as thin as fashion models. The average American woman is 5’4″ and weighs 165 pounds. The average miss America winner is 5’7″ and weighs 121 pounds. Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

33% of adolescent males use unhealthy weight control behaviors. Up to 43% of men are dissatisfied with their bodies. The muscularity of an ideal male in the media has increased from  the 1970’s to the 1990’s presenting a largely unattainable muscular body type. Males are less likely to get help because they are embarrassed.

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For more information: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/50951213#.US1lmjdc-So

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Way to Go Coca-Cola!

The Coca-Cola industry is taking initiative in raising public awareness on the obesity issue in their new advertisements on television. They will begin airing commercials of Coca-Cola’s record of providing drinks with fewer calories over the years but will note that weight gain is the result of consuming too many calories of any kind — not just soda. Later this year, New York City is said to be the first in the nation to put a cap on the size of soft drinks sold in public areas. Also, under consideration is putting the amount of activity needed to burn off the calories in a drink on cans and bottles. I think this would be a great idea in order to gain public recognition of how much time would have to be spent exercising in order to burn the amount of calories consumed just from a bottle or can of soda.

Also, when PepsiCo Inc., the No. 2 soda maker, recently signed a wide-ranging endorsement deal with pop singer Beyonce, critics called for the singer to drop the contract or donate the funds to groups that fund health initiatives.

What are your thoughts/comments on this?

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Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2013/01/14/coca-cola-to-address-obesity-for-first-time-in-ads/#ixzz2I3wRNXmn

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-coca-cola-obesity-20130115,0,7945990.story

Obesity Health Crisis

“Obesity is a bigger health crisis globally than hunger, and the leading cause of disabilities around the world, according to a new report published Thursday in the British medical journal The Lancet.

The report revealed that every country, with the exception of those in sub-Saharan Africa, faces alarming obesity rates — an increase of 82% globally in the past two decades. Middle Eastern countries are more obese than ever, seeing a 100% increase since 1990.

And for the first time, noncommunicable diseases like diabetes, stroke and heart disease top the list of leading causes of years spent sick or injured. On average, people are plagued by illness or pain during the last 14 years of life.”

All of these problems are all tied to obesity. We need to change this! It’s all about awareness and education– we can stop this together!

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For more information: http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/13/health/global-burden-report/index.html?hpt=he_c2 Danielle Dellorto, CNN