By Beverly Jackey, RD, Community Nutritionist
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is celebrating its 40th National Nutrition month. Each March registered dietitians around the country make an extra effort to encourage a healthy lifestyle for their clients and families. This annual nutrition education and information campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
This year’s campaign “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” encourages people to build a personalized eating plan that includes healthy food choices and an active lifestyle.
Here are some tips from the Academy’s website to get you started:
Personalize your eating style: Eat healthy foods you enjoy! These foods will taste good to you and give you the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy.
Eat for your lifestyle: Different lifestyles have different nutritional needs. Whether you’re a young athlete, a busy college student, an adult on the go, a mom going in many directions or a senior, eating right can be easy and taste good if you choose foods that help get you through the day.
Incorporate cultural and ethnic traditions: Treat yourself and your family to foods from around the world. Foods from different cultures can add interesting flavors and ingredients to your table.
Keep health concerns in mind: A healthy eating plan that includes a variety of foods can help prevent and treat a number of health concerns. With some changes, you can enjoy your favorite foods while meeting your nutritional needs and health goals.
Make MyPlate your plate: Fill half of your plate with your favorite fruits and vegetables; keep protein portions lean and about three ounces; make at least half of your grain choices whole grains; and be sure to include low-fat or fat-free dairy products like milk and yogurt.
If your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier has been “hibernating” this winter, use March to re-commit to choosing healthy foods and an active lifestyle. You can go to the MyPlate website to set up your personalized plan and track your success – www.myplate.gov
Check out Food Bank’s Facebook page for healthy lifestyle tips each week during National Nutrition month!