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National Nutrition Month Encourages Healthy Living

By Tania Joseph SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)— March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is “Go Further With Food. ” When most people think of nutrition, food is a main topic. This year’s campaign promotes healthy eating habits and highlights how food decisions make an impact on your overall health. National Nutrition Month encourages people to look into their diets and substitute animal based proteins with plant based proteins. Nutrition professor Jane Uzcategui recommends eating lean meats and switching up meals to incorporate more nutrients into your diet.

Many Americans consume unhealthy foods due to cost and busy lifestyles. “Some of the biggest drivers of food choice is taste and cost. Unfortunately, the good healthy, fresh, whole foods tend to be more expensive than those that are overly processed, said Uzcategui.  She recommends planning ahead and finding healthy foods that are enjoyable for you. Taking these small steps can cut down on time and money spent in the grocery store.

Food waste is a reoccurring issue in the United States and there are many things you can do to cut down the numbers. Some key ways to prevent food loss and waste are storing produce properly, checking your pantry before your trip to the grocery store, and getting creative with leftovers.

Besides food, fitness is very important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The Department of Health recommends 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week. This month keep your plate and your body in shape.

For more information on National Nutrition Month, visit:

https://www.eatright.org/food/resources/national-nutrition-month/national-nutrition-month