March is National Nutrition Month!

March is National Nutrition Month! This month, the theme is biting into a healthy lifestyle. I believe that all of us, no matter what age, should take control of what we are eating. It’s time to make healthier lifestyle changes and recognize how many chronic diseases we can prevent just from making small changes to our lifestyles! It’s time to focus on all colors of the rainbow from each food group (fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy) and making the healthiest choices for a better life. You will never have to “diet” again when you take control of your lifestyle and realize that the focus here is everything in moderation and watching portion sizes! You don’t have to give up any foods when it comes to living healthier, but just know the more healthier choices you make, the better off you will be. Once you start, you are going to feel much better and have much more energy!

Don’t wait to start living a healthier life– start today!!

National Nutrition Month 2014

The theme for this year’s National Nutrition Month is “Enjoy the taste of eating right!” Consumer research confirms that taste tops nutrition as the main reason why one food is purchased over another. This year’s key messages for NNM will focus on how to combine taste and nutrition to create healthy meals that follow the Dietary Guidelines recommendations.

What does this year’s slogan mean to you and your family? Is taste really the overall factor when it comes to deciding what to eat? Share your thoughts!

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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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Get Your Plate In Shape!

If you may not have known, March is National Nutrition Month. National Nutrition Month is sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association). National Nutrition Month began as National Nutrition Week in 1973. It became National Nutrition Month in 1980. Each year, the month is given a different theme. For 2012, to go along with the release of MyPlate, the theme for National Nutrition Month is “Get Your Plate in Shape.”

These tips can help you “Get Your Plate in Shape.”

• Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. At each meal and snack, make sure that you are getting at least one serving of fruit and/or vegetables. You should be enjoying a variety of fruits and vegetables of all colors.

• Make at least half of your grain choices whole-grains. Read the ingredient list to make sure that the first ingredient is whole grain.

• Switch your milk to fat-free or low fat. By switching your milk, you’ll be getting fewer calories and less fat but the amount of calcium and other essential nutrients remains the same.

• Vary your protein foods. Protein doesn’t just mean meat. There are a variety of foods that contain protein including meat, nuts, beans, seafood, poultry and eggs. Eat a variety of these options. Keep your choices lean and watch the servings. Twice a week, make your protein choice a seafood option.

• Eat less, while still enjoying your food. Watch your portion sizes by measuring out your servings or by using a smaller plate. Keeping a food journal and writing down everything that you eat is another good way to watch your portion sizes.

• Get in shape and stay in shape by being physically active. Find activities that you like and stick with them. Children need 60 minutes or more of physical activity every day. Adults need 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week.