Get ready for this year’s National Nutrition Month® theme “Get Your Plate in Shape”. Each March, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (previously known as the American Dietetic Association) sponsors the event by encouraging the public to eat a healthy diet. Since this year’s theme is MyPlate, consumers can focus on consuming the recommended foods and the amounts outlined in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean protein choices.
In addition to MyPlate which helps consumers visualize a healthy meal, “Get Your Plate in Shape” provides information on how to incorporate food groups into your overall meal plan. Tips and recipes are also included that feature low-fat, reduced sodium dishes filled with nutrient rich vegetables, hearty whole grains, and various sources of lean protein.
Weight management is also addressed in the tip sheet “Eating Right for a Healthy Weight”. Rather than focusing on dieting and exercising to lose weight, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends starting with a plan for lifelong health and setting healthy, realistic goals. As most of us have experienced at one time or another, small changes make a big difference.
To read more about “Get Your Plate in Shape”, go to www.eatright.org.
Submitted by: Jennifer Even, OSU Extension Educator, Hamilton County. Source: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, http://www.eatright.org.