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FDOH promotes healthy eating during National Nutrition Month

Posted at 4:55 AM, Mar 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-06 05:00:57-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Florida Department of Health is celebrating March as National Nutrition Month by promoting the benefits of making informed eating choices.

The campaign says informed eating goes further than choosing the most nutritious options. Eating choices can also conserve money, save time, and reduce food waste.

"Everything you eat and drink matters and the foods you choose can make a difference in your overall health," said State Surgeon General and Secretary Dr. Celeste Philip. "Make it a goal this year to improve your food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits."

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests following these tips:

  • Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis.
  • Consider the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store.
  • Buy only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days and plan ways to use leftovers later in the week.
  • Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that’s right for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.
  • Continue to use good food safety practices.
  • Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
  • Realize the benefits of healthy eating by consulting with a registered dietitian nutritionist. RDNs can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.

To learn more about nutrition and National Nutrition Month, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website at www.eatright.org.