Make a Pledge to Eat Healthier During National Nutrition MonthBy Leslie Terjesen on Thursday, March 3, 2016
National Nutrition Month!
Make a plan this month to eat healthy. Healthy eating is easy.
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.
- 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
- Start breakfast with instant oatmeal & low-fat milk.
- Skip the fast food drive through.
- Keep low-fat yogurt, cheese and milk in your refrigerator.
- Snack on fruits and vegetables.
- Pack a healthy lunch and skip eating out.
- If you eat out, split the meal or only eat half.
- Eat thin crust pizza. Add veggies as toppings.
- Limit meat, fish & poultry to 5 ounces.
- Eat whole-grain breads.
- Drink lots of water — 8 glasses a day!