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National Nutrition Month 2007

Nutrition Education Links:

Powerpoint nutrition presentations from UNL

Free Communicating Food for Health newsletter,
- plus more Nutrition Month(R) materials

For Heart Month  - Heart Quiz handout and more

Clip Art for February: Valentines, heart month

February 2007 HealthCalendar Observances

Monthly Recipe: Valentine Menu

Monthly Tip: Healthier Frozen Dinners

Step Up to Nutrition and Health

National Nutrition Month® 2006

Take the steps towards better nutrition and health. It is never too late to make a change for the better. Make smart choices at every meal and do something each day to be more active. Here are the food groups that get you the right nutrients each day:
GRAINS - Did you know that at least half or about 3 of the servings of grains you eat each day should be whole grains? Whole grains include all parts of the grain kernel the germ, bran and endosperm - not just the white flour that is in most foods today. Oatmeal, brown rice, barley, and 100% whole wheat products are a few examples of whole grains.
VEGETABLES - Most people do not eat enough vegetables or enough of the dark green or orange veggies. If you can eat one large salad at lunch plus a few vegetables at dinner and for snacks, you are stepping in the right direction!
FRUITS - Think fresh whole fruit and get a variety each day. Start with breakfast and end with dessert. Take a fruit with you for snacking, too.
MILK - Most people need to drink about 3 glasses of skim milk each day or get the equivalent with yogurt. Dairy foods that are low in sodium and fat, yet high in calcium are the right choice.
MEAT/BEANS - If you are like most Americans, you probably get more than enough protein; you just don’t get enough variety or keep it low in saturated fat. Start including beans/legumes, fish and nuts a little more, especially if these can be in place of meat.
STEP MORE, SIT LESS - Being more active and less sedentary helps you control weight and lower your risk for many chronic diseases. Did you know that cleaning the house instead of watching TV burns twice the calories? In addition to being more active, try to get about
30-60 minutes of exercise, like brisk walking, each day.
Visit to obtain more information about MyPyramid and to find out what is right for you based on your sex, age and activity level. Step Up to Nutrition and Health is the 2006 slogan for National Nutrition Month® from the American Dietetic Association.
Step Up to Nutrition and Health
My Health Check List:
____ Cook and eat more meals at home
____ Consume fewer sugary foods and drinks
____ Eat more salads and vegetables
____ Drink 3 cups skim milk daily
____ Eat more fruit, especially whole fruit
____ Get a variety of heart healthy protein
____ Eat at least 3 ounces of whole grains per day
____ Exercise every day for 30-60 minutes
Brought to you by: ADA 2/06

Nutrition Quiz

Finding reliable nutrition information at : Colorado State University

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Get a Taste for Nutrition
The National Nutrition Month campaign reinforces the importance of nutrition as a key component of good health, along with physical activity.

Be adventurous and expand your horizons. Variety is the “spice of life” in your food choices and is key to good nutrition and health. Choose foods based on flavor, texture and colors that are tasty and healthy. Explore the wide world of nutrition by trying a variety of foods.

Treat your taste buds. You decide how much and how often. Choose foods sensibly by looking at the big picture; it’s what you eat over several days, not just one meal or day that counts. So enjoy all your favorite foods, just try eating them in moderate amounts.

Maintain a healthy weight.  Managing your weight plays a vital role in achieving and maintaining good health and quality of life. Carrying excess weight may put you at greater risk for health problems. The good news is that healthy eating and regular physical activity make it easier to achieve lifelong weight management and long–term health!      

Balance food choices with your lifestyle. Choosing the right balance of foods helps you get the right combination of nutrients. So balance your food choices with your physical activities to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.

Be active. Be creative and enjoy a variety of ways to stay active to feel your best. There’s no need for expensive equipment or complicated fitness programs. Start by making a list of physical activities that fit into your lifestyle and schedule one every day.

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Healthy Eating, Healthy You

The link between nutrition and oral health can be overt (vitamin B deficiency) or subtle (exacerbation of already existing periodontal disease). Medical, social, and clinical examinations can be useful tools for uncovering those patients at risk for nutrition deficiencies and can be used to guide these patients to healthy eating. Along with routine home care instruction, the practicing dentist and hygienist and dietitian can provide a service for patients through nutrition counseling  and by pointing out reputable sources of nutrient supplements.*


The National Nutrition Month campaign reinforces the importance of nutrition as a key component of health, along with physical activity.

Healthy eating helps you get the most out of life. A healthy lifestyle is the key to looking good, feeling great and being your best at work and play. It all starts with a healthy eating plan.

Individual needs and preferences determine your personal food choices. Match your food choices to your lifestyle and individual requirements, choosing enough to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Actively pursue variety. Expand your range of choices and explore new tastes, within and among food groups. Eating a wide variety of foods not only promotes optimal nutrition, it provides the pleasurable aspects of eating.

Make moderation your goal -- you decide how much and how often. Healthy eating doesn't mean feeling deprived or guilty. Look at the big picture, what you eat over several days -- not just one day or one meal -- that's important.

Develop a personal fitness plan that fits your lifestyle. The key is to find a variety of activities you enjoy. You don't need expensive equipment or complicated fitness programs.

A great on-line news publication is Nutrition News Focus that sends a daily nutrition info via e-mail.
For general and diet related health information,  newsletter --Consumer Reports on Health (receive monthly).  
Tufts University Health and Nutrition Newsletter is the best for nutrition and health news.
Heart news The Harvard Heart Letter is excellent.
Center for Science in the Public Interest  - Nutrition Action Health Letter for the general public.  
UC Berkeley Wellness Letter and Mayo Clinic Health Letter.


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Start Today for a Healthy Tomorrow 2002

Eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures. National Nutrition Month® is celebrated each year in March -- this year, start today for a healthy tomorrow.

bullet Americans of all ages benefit from making healthful eating, physical activity, 
and lifestyle choices.
bullet Trying new foods and new physical activities can jump-start your plans 
for health.
bullet Personalize the Food Guide Pyramid as your roadmap toward eating a 
variety of foods, using moderation when selecting portion sizes, and 
balancing your choices over time.
bullet Taking the first step toward making healthful choices can be easy if 
you enlist help from friends and family

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"Food & Fitness: Build a Healthy Lifestyle"                 

The ABC's of Good Nutrition

  Aim for fitness.
      Build a healthy base.
         Choose sensibly.

     National Nutrition Month® (NNM) is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and its Foundation. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. 

      Food & Fitness: Build a Healthy Lifestyle" reinforces the importance of nutrition and physical activity as key components of a healthy lifestyle. The slogan communicates the flexibility of nutrition recommendations, dietary guidelines, and the Food Guide Pyramid as the framework for daily food choices that can be personalized to each individual's food preferences, nutritional needs, health status, and lifestyle. 

It is a call to action that challenges Americans to take responsibility for their food, nutrition, and physical activity habits.

     What is "fit"? To many people "fitness" relates to physical activity – perhaps a rigorous daily exercise regimen. To some, the term may mean a trim or muscular body or the ability to finish a 10K run. Others may think of fitness simply as being free of disease and other health problems. According to the American Dietetic Association, the true definition of fitness is far broader and more personal. It refers to optimal health and overall well-being. Fitness is your good health – at its very best.

     Being fit translates to every aspect of your health – not only physical health, but your emotional and mental well-being, too. In fact all three are interconnected. And nutrition and physical activity are fundamental to each one.

     During National Nutrition Month®, ADA recommends Americans aim for fitness. 

Here are some ADA tips to aim for fitness.


Start with a physical exam before beginning any exercise program.

bulletFind a variety of activities you enjoy doing each day.
bulletStart slowly. Don't expect it to happen overnight.
bulletBuild up over a month or two to more intense activity.
bulletIf you need motivation, find a friend to join you.
bulletTake time to see how far you've come.

     Every day Americans make thousands of choices, many related to food.  A few may even set the course of their life. But as insignificant as a single choice may seem, made over and over, it can have a major impact on health – and life.

     During National Nutrition Month the American Dietetic Association recommends choosing sensibly, reducing your intake of saturated fat and cholesterol, limiting your intake of sugars and salt, and improving your overall-eating plan.

     Eating should be a pleasurable experience. By choosing a variety of the foods you enjoy, and watching your portions, you will never feel deprived, no matter what foods you choose.

    American Dietetic Association suggests varying your food choices, by doing so, you are providing your body with many nutrients your body needs for energy, health and growth.

     By balancing your food choices over time, you'll be sure your body gets enough -- but not too much of each type of food and each nutrient. By moderating your portion sizes, you can enjoy all the different foods you like to eat and you will satisfy your taste for an indulgence every now and again.

     With nearly 70,000 members, the Chicago-based American Dietetic Association is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA serves the public by promoting optimal nutrition and well-being for all people by advocating for its members. National Nutrition Month® is presented by the National Center for Nutrition and Dietetics, ADA’s public education center – providing objective food and nutrition information.

For more information on how to reach a registered dietitian in your area, call 1-800-366-1655.

Take the Fridge Quiz here.

NNM Handouts

Health Topics Calender

Free Handouts for Nutrition Education

Food Fads 2004 (food trends) (some of the stranger
new foods) (Julia Child on food
fads) (fad diet information) (summary
of trends) (lastest FDA info on
(very extensive article on functional food trends) (signs of diet
quackery) (signs of diet
quackery) (humor)
(carb information) (fad diets) (dietary
guidelines) (fad diets) (several types of resources) (several types of resources) (chocolate
-- couldn't forget this!) (Pleasure of a
*chocolate* kiss -- how to eat to enjoy -- fun and motivational!) (fad diets) (free PowerPoint -- go to "Professional
resources" and look for "Setting the Record Straight -- a Look at Nutrition
Confusion") Food and Nutrient Database for Dietary Studies

*- Robert Dorsky, DMD General Dentistry November 2001

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