March is National Nutrition Month


It’s not too late to eat healthy and get in shape, you can start anytime!

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) celebrates *National Nutrition Month® the theme this year is, “Get Your Plate in Shape”. Initiated in 1973 as a week-long event, “National Nutrition Week” became a month-long observance in 1980 in response to growing public interest in nutrition.  The goal is to “encourages consumers to remember to include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy on their plates every day.”

Nutrition experts at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests ways to help “Get Your Plate in Shape” here are just a few:

  • Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables: Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark-green, red and orange varieties. Add fresh, dried, frozen or canned fruits to meals and snacks.
  • Vary your protein choices: Eat a variety of foods from the protein food group each week, such as seafood, nuts and beans, as well as lean meat, poultry and eggs. Keep meat and poultry portions small and lean. And be sure to choose seafood as the protein at least twice a week.
  • Be physically active your way: Adults need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of physical activity every week. Choose activities that you enjoy, and start by doing as much as you can.

There are many more helpful tips listed on their websitewww.eatright.org/nmm, visit them and find out more information. Here’s to healthy eating and good living..cheers!

Casually speaking and all the best,
Mercedes

*Source: 2012 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

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