March is National Nutrition Month. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Healthy eating is one of the most important things you can do for your body. A healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons in the fight against heart disease. Healthy eating doesn't have to be hard. Whether you're planning your next meal, packing lunch for your kids, improving your cooking skills, or trying to make healthy lifestyle choices to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.
The key to healthy living is making healthy choices. A healthy eating pattern is about making smart choices. The American Heart Association recommends a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, non-tropical vegetable oils, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, fish, skinless poultry, lean and extra lean meat, nuts, seeds and beans. Limit sugary drinks, sweets, fatty or processed meats, solid fats, and salty or highly processed foods.
The AHA recommends the following in your daily diet:
- 5 servings of vegetables
- 4 servngs of fruits
- 3 to 6 servings of whole grains
- 3 servings of dairy
- 2 servings of protein
- 3 Tablespoons of olynunsatrutated and monounsaturated oils.
Find out more about serving sizes at www.heart.org/servings