NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (previously known as American Dietetic Association) founded this month-long health campaign to promote healthy eating habits for all Americans. Their goal is to provide the best and most accurate information on how to make informed food choices and develop healthy eating and physical activity habits.

Finding ways to make healthy changes is not as hard as it seems when armed with the right tools. Their new ChooseMyPlate diagram is a simple and easy visual tool to assist you in balancing your food group proportions.

The new plate is sectioned off to show fruits and vegetables on half of the plate and lean protein and whole grains on the other sections. This new change relates directly to the updated 2010 dietary recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables. This visual representation of a “healthy plate” makes the recommendation easy to understand and kid friendly.

KEY GUIDELINES:

1. Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables
2. Enjoy your food, but eat less
3. Instead of sugary drinks, drink water
4. Make at least half of your grains whole grains
5. Avoid oversized portions
6. Switch to fat-free or low fat (1%) milk
7. Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen means, and choose the foods with lower numbers
8. Eat breakfast, snack throughout the day, and consume fast food less often
9. Be aware of the correlation between screen time (television, video games, computer) and increased body weight
10. Increase consumption of plant foods (vegetables, beans and peas, whole grains, nuts and seeds)

For more information on National Nutrition Month, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ websi
te at www.eatright.org