March celebrates National Nutrition Month. It is a time to learn and understand the effects of what foods we let in our bodies. Nutrition is the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth. The celebration highlights the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating habits, not just for the month, but that will last a lifetime.

Do you really know what is in the foods you are consuming? Knowing and understanding how to read food labels is very important especially if you have health conditions or food allergies and need to maintain a special diet. The nutritious facts label is required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on packaged foods and beverages. It provides a detailed information about a food’s nutrient content such as amount of fat, sugar, sodium and fibers it contains. The better you are at reading and understanding food labels, the better you are in using them as a tool to plan your healthy balanced diet.

If you don’t know where to start on your healthy diet journey, you can seek nutrition advice from a registered dietitian nutritionist. Since this a matter concerning our health and wellbeing, it is advisable to seek or receive personalized nutrition advice to generate health goals that will ensure we make healthy food/eating choices. A nutritionist can help you learn how to read food labels, teach you how to prepare eating plans and meals, ensure that you are getting the nutrients that you need, and identify strategies of foods to avoid and find proper substitutes.

Having a healthy diet goes hand in hand with being physically active. So, what is the relationship between good eating and being physical active? Together they help maintain healthy weight, improve mood and energy levels, and helps the immune system in fighting diseases.

A nutritious and healthy diet does not have to be restrictive. Not eating healthy can lead to nutrient deficiencies that slows down your metabolism. This is particularly important as we age. As we get older, our bodies need certain nutrients such as:

  • Calcium – aids to maintain strong bones and reduce risk of osteoporosis
  • Vitamin B12 – helps to keep blood cells healthy and prevents anemia
  • Fiber – to maintain bowel health and a healthy weight to lower your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes
  • Potassium – is good for the nervous system and helps to lower your blood pressure reduce risk of a stroke

As we celebrate National Nutrition Month, I hope that you will join me in making the decision to make healthy and informed food choices. Some things you can consider include:

  • Visiting your local farmers market for fresh produce
  • Research and try a new recipe
  • Explore more whole grain alternatives
  • Try going meatless for a day

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Apr
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10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Apr 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
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4
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3:00 pm Moving for Life @ Sunnyside Library @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
Moving for Life @ Sunnyside Library @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
Apr 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
9
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
10
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Apr
11
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Apr 11 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]

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