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National Nutrition Month Blog

Mar

18

Nutrition from the Ground Up

National Nutrition Month is here and it’s time to revamp your nutrition from the ground up! Initiated in March 1973 by the ADA as a week-long event, "National Nutrition Week" became a month-long observance in 1980 in response to growing public interest in nutrition. During March, check out the NNM blog for tips and information to help you make good nutrition choices that will help you eat right and lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

 

One of the tools that may help you in the quest for a healthier you is the BMI or Body Mass Index, a fairly reliable indicator of body fat for most adults. Your BMI is calculated from your height and weight. It is an inexpensive alternative to direct measurements of body fat, such as underwater weighing, but it is only one of many factors that you and your health-care provider should use in evaluating your health status.

 

Note though that even though the BMI maybe used as a screening tool to identify possible weight problems for adults, it’s not a diagnostic tool.

 

Weight problems and many diseases that affect Americans today can be traced back to bad nutrition and unsound eating habits.

 

But you or your family can get back on track by following these tips:

 

  • A healthy eating plan that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy and includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans and nuts.
  • A nutrition plan that is also low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt and added sugars.
  • Make calories count by thinking nutrient-rich rather than “good” or “bad” foods. Most food choices should be packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients — and lower in calories.
  • Be aware of portion sizes. Even low-calorie foods can add up when portions are larger than you need.
  • Focus on variety by eating a variety of foods from all the food groups. Fruits and vegetables can be fresh, canned or frozen. Look for locally grown produce that’s in season.
  • Vary protein choices with more fish, beans and peas. Include at least three servings of whole grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice or pasta every day.
  • Make the most of family mealtime. Eating meals together provides the opportunity to help children develop a healthy attitude toward food. It also enables parents to serve as role models, introduce new foods and establish a regular meal schedule.
  • Make exercise another priority. Balancing physical activity and a healthful diet is your best recipe for managing weight and promoting overall health and fitness. Set a goal to be physically active at least 30 minutes every day.

 

Do you think you’re eating right but are not sure? Well then, take our quiz and find out.

 

And if you have a food, nutrition, health or fitness blog and mention National Nutrition Month and link to the NNM page, we will add you to our blog roll. Just email us: media@eatright.org.  While you’re at it, get the cool NNM widget for your own blog.

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Comments (7):
3/2/2010 3:47:59 AM by Charlotte Williams

Thank you for providing health professionals with quality nutrition education resources to use when promoting healthful habits.

3/6/2010 3:33:50 AM by Adrienne

Hi. I blogged about NNM. You can click on my name to read the post. Thanks for the opportunity.

3/8/2010 10:11:25 PM by Lexi

I whole-heartedly applaud the endeavors of the ADA and the coordinators of National Nutrition Month for the working, not only annually, but year round to extend knowledge and increase awareness of the importance of healthy eating. As for this year's theme, I have recently contributed to "Nutrition from the Ground up" in my nutrition-centered blog. www.heart-your-health.blogspot.com Feel free to check it out. Thanks!

3/17/2010 7:41:40 AM by Clenbuterol

This can be accomplished with a little planning and preparing in your spare time.

3/23/2010 10:00:13 AM by Sarah

National Nutrition Month is a fantastic idea! Nutrition is such an important scientific field that we need to do all we can to highlight the importance of healthy eating and to make people more conscious of the food choices they make. I was sure to write a blog post about Nutrition from the Ground Up means to me. Keep up the great work!

3/23/2010 10:08:37 AM by Sarah

Well done to the ADA for coordinating National Nutrition Month. The importance of healthy eating cannot be stressed enough. Let's hope the message is getting across!

3/30/2010 8:24:15 PM by Irina Wardas

Celebrating National Nutrition Month is a fabulous idea. I am so glad that I came across your wonderful and helpful website even if it is too late to be included in a blog roll:-( As a holistic health and nutrition counselor, I write articles about nutrition and benefits of whole foods on my blog all year long and think we have to celebrate every day as National Nutrition Day:-) if we want everyone to be healthier and happier. Breathe, smile and be happy.

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