Madison County Extension Office: Enjoy The Taste Of Eating Right

March is National Nutrition Month, an observation launched in 1973 to bring attention of the American public, the impact good nutrition has on our health and well-being. This year is no exception. To celebrate the 40th anniversary, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formally the American Dietetic Association) has adopted the theme, “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” UF/IFAS Extension Service has always been a part of the educational effort for National Nutrition Month. The food we eat has a tremendous impact on our health. A wide variety of different food from all of the food groups supply the nutrients your body needs for growth and maintenance. Nutrition doesn’t have to be a one-size-fits-all and eating for health doesn’t have to be restrictive and boring. During the month of March, challenge yourself to enjoy a variety of foods, try foods you haven’t tasted before and make healthy choices. A great place to start is to substitute high calorie potato chips and sodas for fruit, veggies sticks and low-fat dairy foods to fill those in-between meal snacks. Use MyPlate as a guide, follow it for the month, visit www.chooseMyPlate.gov for health and nutrition information and tips. Fill half of your plate with your favorite fruits and vegetables; keep protein portions lean and about three ounce servings; make at least half of your grain choices “whole grain”; and be sure to include low-fat or fat-free dairy foods. In addition to tips and recipes, there is Supertracker, a tool to help you plan and record daily food intake and physical activity. If you don’t eat breakfast,

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