Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Consultant Galveston County Health District By: Jasmine McMullin, RDN, LDWomen
Eating healthier can help reduce many chronic diseases from heart disease to type 2 diabetes, some cancers and obesity. Many of us don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables daily. In fact, it’s estimated only 25 percent of people in the United States consume an adequate amount, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
March marks National Nutrition Month, a great time to refocus on making better educated food choices and sharing that knowledge with our family and friends.
Join us as we celebrate National Nutrition Month:
What: Keep an Eye on Nutrition
When: March 4
What: Come and learn more about nutrition with WIC including fun booths and activities. The event features
Galveston’s Own Farmers Market, HEAL’s KC the Carrot, Galveston County Master Gardeners and more.
Where: 9850-A Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Community Room A-108, Texas City
This year’s theme focuses on developing good eating and physical activity habits through the Eat Right, Bite by Bite theme. Check out these tips from Eat Right, by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Eat a variety of nutritious foods every day:
Plan your meals each week:
Learn skills to create tasty meals:
Fruits and vegetables provide vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in all forms, whether it’s fresh, frozen, canned or dried. They’re also low in calories. Looking for something sweet to eat? Pick up some fruit. It’s naturally sweet and can help fight cravings so that you don’t find yourself reaching for a candy bar or piece of cake.
When it comes to dairy, choose low-fat or fat-free options for milk, yogurt and cheese. Go for whole grains when building your plate. Whole grain bread, brown rice and quinoa are great options. For breakfast, whip up a bowl of oatmeal. Whole grains not only provide vitamins and minerals, but dietary fiber. At least half of the grains you eat should be whole grains.
Finish off your plate with lean protein like round steaks and roasts, skinless poultry, fish, eggs, beans, nuts and seeds.
For free resources on how you can live a healthier life, check out HEAL at gchd.org/HEAL. You’ll find free recipes, cooking tips, links to resources including free fitness trackers and exercise videos and more.
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