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Put your best fork forward: Nutrition Awareness Month

Put your best fork forward: Nutrition Awareness Month

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- March is National Nutrition Month® (NNM) this year’s theme “Put Your Best Fork Forward" serves as a reminder that each one of us holds the tool to make healthier food choices. Making small changes during NNM and over time, helps improve health now and into the future.
 

Eating right doesn't have to be complicated — simply begin to shift to healthier food and beverage choices. These recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans can help get you started.

  • Emphasize fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products.
  • Include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts.
  • Make sure your diet is low in saturated fats, trans fats, salt (sodium) and added sugars.

Make Your Calories Count: Think nutrient-rich rather than "good" or "bad" foods. The majority of your food choices should be packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients, and lower in calories. Making smart and staying physically active can help you stay healthy and manage your weight; preventing chronic health conditions.

Focus on Variety: Eat a variety of foods from all the food groups to get the nutrients your body needs. Fruits and vegetables can be fresh, frozen or canned. Eat more dark green vegetables such as leafy greens and broccoli and orange vegetables including carrots and sweet potatoes. Vary your protein choices with more fish, beans and peas. Eat at least 3 ounces of whole-grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice or pasta every day.

Know Your Fats: Look for foods low in saturated fats and trans fats to help reduce your risk of heart disease. Most of the fats you eat should be monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils. Check the Nutrition Facts panel on food labels for total fat and saturated fat.

For more information, visit www.eartright.org or contact your local Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) to learn about programs and services available to you right where you live! (Information adapted from www.eatright.org )

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