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In celebration of the 2015 National Nutrition Month theme Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is encouraging everyone to adopt eating and physical activity plans that are focused on consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices and getting daily exercise in order to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
“Adopting a healthy lifestyle offers more than just weight loss alone, it can also promote your overall health and reduce your risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and even some types of cancer,” says registered dietitian nutritionist Ximena Jimenez. “Now is the time to invest in a high-quality life, and eating right and staying active can make that happen.”
Jimenez recommends choosing nutrient-rich foods and beverages, and offers tips for healthful food choices:
- At every meal, fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables of a colorful variety.
- Make at least half the grains you eat whole grains, such as whole-wheat bread and pasta, quinoa, oats and brown rice. Check the food label, the first ingredient listed should be “whole grain” or “whole wheat.”
- Choose healthy protein sources, such as lean meats and poultry, seafood, beans and peas, eggs and nuts and seeds.
- Eat low-fat dairy foods. If you’re sensitive to lactose, try calcium-fortified soy beverages.
- Subtract added fats, sugars, and salt from your diet!
“In addition to eating foods that are optimal for your health needs, we all should try to include physical activity as part of our daily routine,” Jimenez says. “Adults should get at least 30 minutes and children at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activity every day. Find activities you enjoy to make this less of a burden and more of a fun hobby.”
All registered dietitians are nutritionists – but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The Academy’s Board of Directors and Commission on Dietetic Registration have determined that those who hold the credential “registered dietitian” (RD) may optionally use “registered dietitian nutritionist” (RDN) instead. The two credentials have identical meanings.
A registered dietitian nutritionist can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs. Find an RDN in your area and learn more about National Nutrition Month by visiting http://EatRight.org.