Safety Tip of the Week

This week Wendy Couture, the district’s safety and risk reduction manager, provides information about eating healthy and National Nutrition Month.

“Put Your Best Fork Forward”: March is National Nutrition Month

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has designated March as National Nutrition Month. Eating healthy is attributed to better health and the prevention of chronic diseases. Many people look forward to healthy New Year’s resolutions and by March are ready to check their progress. The “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020” is a great place to review the most up-to-date standards for healthy eating. Read the Dietary Guidelines.

These guidelines are focused on healthy eating patterns and a variety of nutrient-dense low-calorie foods with a limited intake of sugars. This resource can help you identify what your healthy eating patterns are and how to tailor your eating patterns for optimal health. In addition to healthy eating, it is important to also understand healthy physical activity patterns. There are many great resources found in the appendixes of the guidelines linked above to help you navigate your way to better health.

The campaign for National Nutrition Month focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. What better way to understand what you are eating than to read the nutritional fact labels on the food you buy. Currently there are new, upcoming requirements for the food labels which will help you better understand what is in the food you are purchasing. If this is something that you want to know more about, view this quick video.

Are you interested in getting a personalized plan for food and physical activity? Check out this free food and fitness tracking program.

Making small changes over time will improve your health now and in the future.

Learn more at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website