Make a Pledge to Eat Healthier During National Nutrition Month

By Leslie Terjesen on Thursday, March 3, 2016

March is
National Nutrition Month!

Make a plan this month to eat healthy. Healthy eating is easy.  

I'm taking the PLEDGE to eat healthy

Why eat healthy?

    • To stay strong and active. Healthy foods have the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients your body needs. 
    • To lower your health risks. Choosing healthier foods can help you lower your risk for chronic health conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. 
    • To manage your weight. Healthy diet and physical activity can help you stay at a healthy weight.  
    • To set a positive example. If you have children, the healthy food choices your child sees you make now can impact their eating choices throughout their lifetime.


The Facts

    • Typical American diets are too high in calories from solid fats and added sugars, refined grains, sodium, and saturated fat. 
    • Fewer than 1 in 3 adults get the recommended amount of vegetables each day. 
    • More than 2 in 3 of adults and nearly 1 in 3 children and youth are overweight or obese. 
    • More than 23 million Americans — including 6.5 million children — live in food deserts. Food deserts are neighborhoods, cities, or towns that lack access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other foods that make up the full range of a healthy diet. 


Top 10 easy ways to nutritious eating 

  1. Start breakfast with instant oatmeal & low-fat milk. 
  2. Skip the fast food drive through. 
  3. Keep low-fat yogurt, cheese and milk in your refrigerator. 
  4. Snack on fruits and vegetables.
  5. Pack a healthy lunch and skip eating out. 
  6. If you eat out, split the meal or only eat half. 
  7. Eat thin crust pizza. Add veggies as toppings. 
  8. Limit meat, fish & poultry to 5 ounces. 
  9. Eat whole-grain breads. 
  10. Drink lots of water — 8 glasses a day!