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Putting Your Best Fork Forward
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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 18:34
Everywhere USA, March 2017—It’s National Nutrition Month, so listen up!

Every year in March, during National Nutrition Month®, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to “Put Your Best Fork Forward” by making small, healthy shifts in food choices when cooking at home.

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend making small changes to eating patterns to include healthier ingredients while cooking at home. Choosing a variety of healthful foods across and within all food groups helps reduce the risk of preventable, lifestyle-related chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity.

“Evidence shows that making dietary and lifestyle changes can prevent diseases before they occur,” says registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson Angel Planells. “During National Nutrition Month and beyond, make small, healthier food choices – one forkful at a time.”
Planells encourages everyone to eat more of these foods:

Vegetables, including dark green, red and orange, beans, peas and others
Fruits, especially whole fruits
Whole grains
Fat-free or low-fat dairy including milk, yogurt, cheese and fortified soy beverages
Protein foods including seafood, lean meats, poultry, nuts, soy products, beans and peas
Oils including canola, corn, olive, peanut, sunflower and soy.

“It’s important to create an eating style that includes a variety of your favorite, healthful foods,” Planells says. “Consider cultural and personal preferences to make these shifts easier to maintain.”

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, based in Chicago, is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.

Visit the Academy at www.eatright.org. 
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