‘Go Further With Food’ During National Nutrition Month®

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During National Nutrition Month®, sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, RediClinic encourages everyone to be aware of the key messages of the 2018 campaign. This year, National Nutrition Month is focused on the importance of making smart food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits.

Variety, Portion Sizes Are Key to Healthy Eating

The 2018 theme of National Nutrition Month, “Go Further With Food,” encourages Americans to enjoy the benefits of healthy eating habits. Reminders are to regularly eat a variety of healthy foods from each of the five food groups, including fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy. As you select foods, pay attention to portion sizes. Eat the amount of food that’s right for you, according to your age, sex, weight, height and activity level. For guidance on appropriate calorie intake, refer to the MyPlate Daily Checklist. In addition, find physical activities that you enjoy and engage in them most days of the week.

According to a new study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, women may also benefit from vitamin supplements to complete a healthy diet. Researchers found that healthy, active women who supplemented with a specific vitamin and mineral formula containing iron, copper and zinc for one month performed better in physical fitness tests. These are three minerals many women are moderately deficient in.

Tips to Prevent Food Waste

“Go Further With Food” also means preparing food to go further by planning to reduce food loss and waste. Some ways to help prevent food waste include:

  • Rather than buying more food, plan meals and snacks based on foods you already have. Then purchase the food items you still need.
  • Shop with a list and buy only the food that your family will eat or freeze within a few days. Plan to use leftovers later in the week.
  • Learn good food safety practices. Eat leftovers within three to four days. Don’t eat or drink anything you think may have spoiled. For more food safety information, visit homefoodsafety.org.

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