Happy National Nutrition Month!

Posted on March 8, 2011

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The Mayor’s Health Line recognizes that proper nutrition is essential to staying healthy. So in order to celebrate National Nutrition Month we will dedicate the rest of March to providing you with fun recourses, facts, and tips to teach you more about eating right!

We’ll begin with some basics provided the American Dietetic Association:

Balancing Calories to Manage Weight

The first step is to focus on balancing calories with physical activity and consuming an overall healthy eating pattern. This will put you on the road to achieving or maintaining a healthy weight and reducing the risk of developing diet-related chronic diseases.

The Dietary Guidelines recommend shifting eating patterns to eat more of some foods and nutrients and less of others. A healthy eating pattern will allow you to meet the recommendations while staying within your calorie needs.

 

Foods and Nutrients to Increase

The Dietary Guidelines encourage Americans to eat more:

  • Whole grains: Increase whole grains by choosing whole grain     breads and cereals, brown rice and whole wheat pasta. Make at least half your grain servings whole grains.

 

  • Vegetables: Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark-green, red and orange vegetables plus beans and peas. Most adults need 2 ½cups of vegetables per day.

 

  • Fruits: Add fruit to meals and snacks—fresh, frozen or canned—to get about 2 cups each day.

 

  • Low-fat or fat free milk, yogurt and cheese or fortified soy beverages: Include 3 cups per day for calcium, vitamin D, protein and potassium. Lactose-free milk is also an option.

 

  • Vegetable oils such as canola, corn, olive, peanut and soybean: These are high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Use in moderate amounts in place of solid fats.

 

  • Seafood – Include a variety of seafood more often in place of some meat and poultry.

 

For the downloadable PDF, click here.

 

Stay tuned this month for more National Nutrition Month information. If you have any questions call us at 617-534-5050.

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