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March in National Nutrition Month

Thursday, March 01, 2012

National Nutrition Month focuses on "making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits." Here are some things to remember if you’re getting your health back on track this month:

Healthful eating fuels physical activities. In order to have the energy for the physical activity your body needs, you need to put healthy foods into your body to get going.

Food and activity choices are personal. Your own health and well-being are unique to you. Make choices that help YOUR body.

Food is also eaten for pleasure and for taste. Eating healthy doesn’t need to mean eating foods you don’t like. Try a greater variety of fruits and vegetables until you find your favorites.

Getting and staying fit gives you a better chance for a longer and higher quality of life. Being fit can increase energy, reduce stress, improve your mood, reduce your risk of certain diseases, help you look and feel your best and give you strength.

The American Dietetic Association recommends starting with these basics:

Focus on fruits and vegetables. "Add a serving each day to one meal and increase it every few weeks," says Toby Smithson, a registered dietitian and a spokesperson for the ADA.

Eat locally when you can. Try a CSA or visit a farmer's market--which makes for a fun family outing, too; let kids pick out some new foods to try.

Make calories count. If you're going to consume 200 calories, make sure you're getting some vitamins and nutrients out of the deal.

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