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March is National Nutrition Month

February 28, 2014

By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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Life can be stressful with long-hours at work and keeping up with your kids` activities, making it difficult to sit down for a healthy and nutritious meal. However, a plateful of information will help you eat better.

To raise awareness, March has been designated National Nutrition Month by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The theme this year is "Get Your Plate In Shape."

In June 2011, the USDA replaced the MyPyramid with the MyPlate for proper nutrition and diet. The new "plate" was created to show consumers how to incorporate the recommended daily nutrition by dividing the plate into fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins accompanied by a glass representing milk or dairy-substitute.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics have the following recommendations to "Get Your Plate in Shape:"

  • Fruits and vegetables should fill half your plates each day.
  • At least half of your grains should be whole grains like brown rice, barley and oat; breads and crackers should be 100-percent whole grains
  • Drink non-fat milk or other non-fat dairy substitutes like calcium-fortified soy beverages.
  • Vary proteins by eating a wide selection of meats, seafood, nuts, beans, tofu and edamame.
  • All chicken and red meat should be lean, and trimmed of excess fat
  • Seafood should be eaten at least twice a week.
  • Limit sodium and empty calories from solid fats and added sugar.

More tips for healthy living include:

  • Cooking at home using heart-healthy oils like olive, canola and sunflower oil in place of butter or other greases.
  • Exercising for 30 minutes a day, even in three 10-minute increments, will help make you be healthier and feel better.

Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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