March: Nutrition Month
What's on your plate this NUTRITION MONTH?
Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean dieting or giving up all the foods you love. Learn how to ditch the junk, give your body the nutrient-dense fuel it needs, and love every minute of it!
Nutrition is a key, evidence-based part of our work at the American Heart Association to reduce the grip of cardiovascular disease on our nation, and is one of our Life’s Simple 7 (eat better). 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. Use our recommendations to make smart choices and eat healthy, in order to benefit your heart and your overall health.
Here are some tips we suggest for nutrition success:
- Plan out one or two weeks of healthy meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Use a grocery list or meal-planning app with a grocery list feature.
- If your work week is crazy, cook over the weekend and store pre-portioned meals in the fridge or freezer.
- Cut up fruits and vegetables and keep them handy in the fridge, or pre-pack individual servings for when you’re on the go.
Get creative when it comes to veggies! Check out this video on 7 different things you can do with kale:
What else can you do?
- Get recipes and other practical information to help you eat smart by joining Healthy for Good at heart.org/HealthyForGood.
- Educate your community on healthy eating with our turn-key educational experiences at heart.org/healthyforlife.
- Show your support for strong nutrition laws and policies like those designed to improve kids’ meals, lower sodium and reduce added sugar at YoureTheCure.org.
- Use the American Heart Association’s red and white Heart-Check mark to help identify food items that act as a solid first step in building a sensible and heart-healthy eating pattern.
True nourishment involves making overall healthier eating choices every day. The American Heart Association’s Healthy for Good initiative is here to help you learn how to Eat Smart with reliable information, delicious recipes and tips to add color to your plate and health to your life.
Important Dates in March
3/1-3/31- National Nutrition Month
3/1- Employee Appreciation Day
3/4-3/10- World Salt Awareness Week
3/8- International Women’s Day
3/10- Daylight Saving Time begins - Spring clocks forward one hour
3/13- Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day
3/15- World Sleep Day
3/17- Saint Patrick's Day
3/20- Spring officially begins
3/26- American Diabetes Alert Day
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