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March 11, 2013

31 Days of Healthy Living: Week 3

Can you believe it is already the third week of March?

Here’s another week of great tips for National Nutrition Month®. Are you following along?

MONDAY, MARCH 11TH
Get In Your Antioxidants
Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts. They protect our bodies from damage and keep our immune system strong.

TUESDAY, MARCH 12TH
Make March Your Month to Move!
Adults need at least 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days a week. Get movement in at work by taking the stairs, walking during your lunch break, doing chair exercises at your desk, or taking a stroll around the office.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13TH
Start Your Day Off Right With Breakfast.
Eating breakfast can help prevent overeating later in the day, gives you brain power, and can help you get many of the nutrients you need on a daily basis. Choose healthy options like oatmeal, low-fat yogurt, high-fiber cereal, fruit, or eggs to get your day started the right way!

THURSDAY, MARCH 14TH
Drink Water to Lose Weight.
Studies show that drinking water before a meal can help you feel fuller and reduce caloric intake by about 75 calories per meal, which over a year can add up to 14 pounds.

FRIDAY, MARCH 15TH
What is this BMI business?
Your Body Mass Index is a formula used to correlate your weight to your height. It’s a tool used to identify the risks with being under or over weight, and can help you understand what your healthy weight should be. BMI calculators can be found online, so find out what yours is today!

SATURDAY, MARCH 16TH
Keep Food Safety in Mind.
Food safety is extremely important. Take precautions to prevent foodborne illness while preparing meals by washing your hands frequently, keeping raw meats separate from other ready-to-eat foods, cooking foods to the correct temperatures, and refrigerating foods promptly.

SUNDAY, MARCH 17TH
Go Green Today!
In honor of St. Patty’s Day, eat green foods such as spinach, broccoli, collard greens, kiwis, and limes. These are high in fiber, rich in nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin K, folate, potassium, and magnesium, and can help reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease.


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