Unlock the potential of food— March is nutrition month

March 1, 2018

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Unlock the potential of food— March is nutrition month

Food is nourishment but it is also so much more. March is nutrition month in Canada and the Dietitians of Canada have named this year’s theme, unlock the potential of food.

Food has the potential to:

Fuel: Plan ahead. Surround yourself with nutritious foods to help make the healthy choice the easy choice and to prevent snacking on highly processed foods such as cookies or candy.
Help kids discover: Role model positive behaviour. This is the best way to encourage children to eat healthy. Include children in meal planning and preparation to help set them up for a lifetime of healthy eating.
Prevent: Follow a balanced diet high in vegetables and fruit, whole grains, beans and legumes, low-fat dairy and small amounts of healthy fats. A balanced diet can help prevent many chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, dementia and some cancers.
Heal: Good nutrition helps with recovery from illness and surgery. Growing food and eating regular, balanced nutritious meals, can also improve mental wealth.
Bring us together: Eat with other people such as family, friends or co-workers. Slow down and enjoy food with others. This can improve our diet quality, help to build positive relationships, and improve our mental wealth.

Dietitians empower their patients, clients and communities to embrace food, to understand it and enjoy it by considering their overall health objectives, personal needs and challenges, including taste and accessibility. Dietitians work in areas such as food service, chronic disease prevention, in hospitals, community centres and population public health.

For more information on nutrition month go to www.dieititians.ca and www.nutritionmonth2018.ca

Find ideas on the Saskatchewan Health Authority Pinterest page www.pinterest.ca/saskhealthauthority/boards

Submitted by Regina’s Health Promotion, Population & Public Health Services

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