March is National Nutrition Month, and we’re featuring it as our highlighted cause because we know that practicing good nutrition is a huge part of taking care of physical and mental health, which means it’s key to thriving in all aspects of our lives.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
Why? Because eating well has some serious benefits for you, like:
- giving you more energy and staving off tiredness
- helping you stay at a weight that’s right for you
- boosting your immune system
- enhancing your ability to concentrate
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has some solid tips for making nutritional changes in your day-to-day life that can have a big impact. Which ones can you implement in your life?
* Make half your plate fruits and vegetables: Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark- green, red and orange vegetables plus beans and peas. Fresh, frozen and canned vegetables all count.
* Add fruit to meals and snacks: Buy fruits that are dried, frozen or canned in water or 100% juice, as well as fresh fruits.
* Make at least half your grains whole: Choose 100% whole-grain breads, cereals, crackers, pasta and brown rice.
* Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk: Fat-free and low-fat milk have the same amount of calcium and other essential nutrients as whole milk, but less fat and calories.
* Vary your protein choices: Eat a variety of foods from the protein food group each week, such as seafood, nuts and beans, as well as lean meat, poultry and eggs.
* Cut back empty calories: Drink water instead of sugary drinks. Select fruit for dessert. Eat sugary desserts less often. Choose 100% fruit juice instead of fruit-flavored drinks.
* Limit saturated fats: Make major desserts, pizza, cheese, sausages and hot dogs occasional choices, not every day foods.
* Be physically active your way: Pick activities that you like and start by doing what you can, at least 10 minutes at a time. Every bit adds up and health benefits increase as you spend more time being active. Teens need 60 minutes or more of physical activity a day.
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