Celebrate National Nutrition Month with Better Habits
March, National Nutrition month, is here and the theme for this year is Celebrate a World of Flavor. This theme encourages people to embrace different cuisines from all over the world. The main goal of this day is to promote healthy eating among people of all ages.
Over the years, it has been estimated that a third of any age group in the U.S. are overweight or obese, putting them at a greater risk of developing health issues. This means that we all have a vital role to play when it comes to healthy eating practices.
How We Can Achieve Better Nutrition Habits
Many people may have healthy eating habits despite there being unhealthy options available. However, we can all strive to do better. Of course, things will not change overnight, it is a lifelong process.
We can start by being mindful of what we are eating and choosing healthier alternatives instead of unhealthy choices. Nutritional needs change as we continue to age, and we have to be prepared and ensure that the body gets sufficient nutrients to prevent deficiencies in the future.
Tips for Healthy Eating
You can incorporate several tips as you transition to healthy eating. They include:
● Drinking plenty of water
● Avoiding processed foods
● Including whole grains
● Cutting down on sugar
● Including more proteins
Role of Parents
Parents have a vital role in ensuring that their children develop healthy eating habits. They can start by teaching children these habits from an early age and shopping for healthier choices. Children emulate what they see, and therefore, parents should be the first role models for healthy eating habits.
Children need to consume foods with essential nutrients that will help them grow. They need sufficient calories in their daily diet to avoid health issues.
You can ask a doctor, or nutritionist, for advice on the types of foods your child should eat, what to limit and what to avoid. They can guide you in making healthier choices for your child. Better nutritional habits start at home during National Nutrition Month.