March is National Nutrition Month
Here are five tips for eating healthier:
Go for Whole Grains
Whenever you can, choose whole grains like whole wheat, wheat bran, oat bran, oatmeal, barley and bulgur. Grain products give you energy for your busy day, and the fiber in whole grains helps stabilize your blood sugar and keep your digestive system regular.
Load Up on Vegetables and Fruit
Vegetables and fruit are packed with nutrients and fiber, so enjoy a wide variety of them. Try to include at least one dark green and one orange veggie daily.
Make Your Day with Milk Products
Milk products are a great source of protein, calcium and B vitamins. And they’re delicious!
Choose Lean Protein
Meat and meat alternatives are a good source of protein, iron, zinc and other nutrients. Make lean choices and prepare them with little or no added fat. For added variety, enjoy alternatives like legumes (kidney beans, chick peas, and lentils), eggs, peanut butter and tofu.
Go Easy on Added Fats
Fats and oils add a lot of flavor to food, and they help us absorb some nutrients. But high fat diets are also linked to health risks such as obesity and high blood cholesterol, so use added fats in moderation.
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Division of Nutrition & Physical Activity (DNPA)
The Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity (DNPA) addresses the problems of poor nutrition, sedentary behaviors, and obesity and other chronic diseases in Indiana.
The role of the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity is to:
- Provide statewide leadership for priority nutrition and physical activity policies and environmental changes across all settings and special populations
- Serve as a central coordinating body for all nutrition- and physical activity-related activities for the state of Indiana with a focus on increasing collaboration and sharing of resources and reducing duplication
- In collaboration with partners, plan, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive state plan to promote nutrition and physical activity and prevent overweight, obesity and related chronic diseases
- Serve as a resource and provide technical assistance as needed to statewide partners
- Leverage and increase local, state, and federal investment and resources for nutrition and physical activity promotion
- Maintain a comprehensive surveillance system for the ongoing, systematic collection of nutrition, physical activity, and obesity data as well as policy and environmental change information
The DNPA At A Glance 2011
For more information or to contact staff:
Indiana State Department of Health
Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity
2 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204