National Nutrition Month
Whether it’s starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, the foods you choose can make a real difference. Preparing your foods to go further, by planning meals and snacks in advance can also help to reduce food loss and waste.
March is National Nutrition Month® and District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) wants you to thrive on the power of food and nutrition.
- Eat Breakfast. Start your day with a healthy breakfast that includes lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
- Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables. Fruits and veggies add color, flavor and texture plus vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber to your plate.
- Watch Portion Sizes. Use half your plate for fruits and vegetables and the other half for grains and lean protein foods. Complete the meal with a serving of fat-free or low-fat milk or yogurt.
- Be Active. Regular physical activity has many health benefits. Start by doing what exercise you can. Children and teens should get 60 or more minutes of physical activity per day, and adults at least two hours and 30 minutes per week.
- Get to Know Food Labels. Reading the Nutrition Facts panel can help you choose foods and drinks to meet your nutrient needs.
- Fix Healthy Snacks. Healthy snacks can sustain your energy levels between meals, especially when they include a combination of foods.
- Consult an RDN. Whether you want to lose weight, lower your health-risks or manage a chronic disease, consult the experts! Registered dietitian nutritionists can help you by providing sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice.
- Follow Food Safety Guidelines. Reduce your chances of getting sick with proper food safety. This includes: regular hand washing, separating raw foods from ready-to-eat foods, cooking foods to the appropriate internal temperature, and refrigerating food promptly. Learn more about home food safety at eatright.org.
- Drink More Water. Quench your thirst with water instead of drinks with added sugars.
- Make an Effort to Reduce Food Waste. Check out what foods you have on hand before stocking up at the grocery store. Plan meals based on leftovers and only buy perishable foods you will use or freeze within a couple of days.
How can DHD#10 help you and your family?
WIC is a nutritional food program that helps participants eat well and stay healthy. While it is named for women, infants, and children, others such as adoptive parents, fathers, grandparents, other family members, foster parents and some non-traditional custodial situations may also be eligible to receive WIC benefits for infants in their care.
Those who qualify receive a WIC Bridge Card used for purchasing healthy foods such as milk, 100% juice, eggs, cheese, cereal, peanut butter, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads or tortillas, dry or canned beans or peas, baby foods, infant formulas, and soy milk. breastfeeding moms can also purchase canned tuna or salmon. In addition to providing food, WIC offers tips and advice to help feed your family in a healthy way.