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Health Department Notes

National Nutrition Month Choosing nutritious foods and getting enough physical activity can make a significant difference in your health. For National Nutrition Month 2020, in March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages people to make informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme, Eat Right, Bite by Bite, promotes eating a variety of nutritious foods every day and planning and creating healthful meals each week. Contrary to popular belief, healthful eating doesn’t have to be overwhelming! Small goals and changes can have a cumulative, healthful effect. Every little bit is a step in the right direction! Start by eating a variety of nutritious foods every day, from all of the food groups. Take time to read nutrition facts labels, too. Plan your meals each week. Shop for healthful foods at the grocery store and be menu-savvy when dining out or traveling. You can prepare tasty, nutritious meals at home and get your entire family involved in the kitchen! Try new foods and flavors, find ways to reduce food waste and always practice proper home food safety. Remember to: • 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.

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