Bite-size changes can lead to a longer, healthier, more fun – filled and flavorful lifestyle. Nutrition doesn't have to be overwhelming!
Learn how to Eat Smart all year long this Nutrition Month by joining the movement to be Healthy for Good.
Eat Smart with Food Nutrition Labels
The Nutrition Facts label can help you make healthier choices. Use it! Here’s what to look for:
Start with serving information.
This will tell you the size of a single serving and how many servings are in the package.
Check total calories.
Do the math to know how many calories you’re really getting if you eat the whole package.
Limit certain nutrients.
Compare labels and choose options with lower amounts of added sugars, sodium, saturated fat and trans fat when possible.
Get enough of beneficial nutrients.
Eat foods with nutrients your body needs like calcium, choline, dietary fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium, and Vitamins A, C, D, and E.
% Daily Value.
- The % Daily Value (DV) tells you the percentage of each nutrient in a single serving in terms of the daily recommended amount.
- To consume less of a nutrient (such as saturated fat or sodium), choose foods with a lower % DV (5% or less)
- To consume more of a nutrient (such as fiber), choose foods with a higher % DV – 20% or more.
- To consume more of a nutrient (such as fiber or potassium), choose foods with a higher % DV (20% or more).
Learn more tips and tricks.
Here are some additional 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.
Cooking more meals at home gives everyone in the family an opportunity to build better eating habits, one plate at a time.
The benefits of maintaining a healthy weight go far beyond improved energy and smaller clothing sizes. By losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight, you are also likely to enjoy a higher quality-of-life too.
Important Dates in March
3/1-3/31- National Nutrition Month
3/6- Employee Appreciation Day
3/3-3/6- EPI Lifestyle 2020 Scientific Sessions
3/7- Daylight Saving Time begins - Spring clocks forward one hour
3/8- International Women’s Day
3/11-3/17- World Salt Awareness Week
3/11- Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day
3/13- World Sleep Day
3/17- Saint Patrick's Day
3/20- Spring officially begins
3/24- American Diabetes Alert Day
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