The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates National Nutrition Month.
This March, the theme is to make small healthy lifestyle changes, one fork at a time. All the nutrition information available to us can be confusing, but nutritional experts always come back to the basics: manage portions, eat fresh healthy food, and get regular exercise.
"How much we eat is as important as what we eat, which is why this year's... theme inspires us to start with small changes in our eating habits," (says registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson Kristi King.)
According to Church Health dietitian, Nichole Reed, “Americans spend over 60 billion dollars on products, programs and supplements each year to lose weight, but more than 68% of adults are overweight or obese.” Healthy nutrition doesn't have to cost that much.
Here are some quick tips:
- Discover healthier versions of you current meals. Cut down on butter, oils and heavy sauces.
- Challenge yourself to find a new fruit or vegetable to try each week.
- Invest in a cookbook that has healthier versions of your favorite recipes.
- Get active at least 30 minutes per day.
- Get accurate nutrition information at www.eatright.org.
- Consult with a dietitian to give you a safe, scientific basis for your nutritional choices.
By taking small steps each day, we can change our entire life. Make a "lifelong commitment to a healthful lifestyle behaviors, emphasizing lasting and enjoyable eating practices and daily physical activity."
This is Sheila Harrell with Church Health.
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