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March is National Nutrition Month®

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It’s National Nutrition Month®. Learn more about eating right and making healthy choices.

Monday, March 11, 2013

It's National Nutrition Month® and this year’s theme is "Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day."  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to make healthy food choices.  Food choices can be affected by food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions, and health concerns.  Learn how you can still make healthy food choices.

National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to promote nutrition awareness and education.  Registered Dietitian Day is celebrated on March 13.  A registered dietitian can put you on the path to a healthy weight, making better food choices and reducing your risk of chronic disease.

Tips to help you “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day”…

  • Use the MyPlate tool to create balanced meals every day.
  • Choose whole grain breads, pasta, cereals, and brown rice to increase fiber in your diet.
  • Fill ½ of your plate with fruits and vegetables. 
    • “Eat a rainbow” of colorful fruits & vegetables
    • Look for fruits and vegetables that are dark green, red and orange.
  • Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products - milk, yogurt, cheese, lactose-free milk, and soy beverages.
  • Choose low-fat or lean meats, poultry and seafood. 
    • Use dried beans, nuts, peas, and seeds as high protein, high fiber in place of meat.
  • Limit sodium intake by cutting back on table salt and processed foods.
  • Limit intake of unhealthy fats found in animal fat, shortening, tropical oils, and foods made with partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. 
    • Use heart healthy fats found in fish, liquid vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, olives, and avocados instead.

Did you know…
Truman VA has resources available for enrolled Veterans to help with eating wisely and weight management.  Ask to see your team dietitian to help you meet your nutritional needs.  Ask your primary care provider about the MOVE! Weight Management Program for Veterans.

For more nutrition information, visit

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