Home Care in Charlotte NC: March Is National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month 2011

The theme for March 2011 is “Eat Right with Color.”

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

The newly released 2011 Dietary Guidelines for Americans offer a practical roadmap to help you make changes in your eating plan to improve your health.

The Dietary Guidelines encourage Americans to eat more:

  • Whole grains: Increase whole grains by choosing whole grain breads and cereals, brown rice and whole wheat pasta. Make at least half your grain servings whole grains.
  • Vegetables: Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark-green, red and orange vegetables plus beans and peas. Most adults need 2 ½ cups of vegetables per day.
  • Fruits: Add fruit to meals and snacks—fresh, frozen or canned—to get about 2 cups each day.
  • Low-fat or fat free milk, yogurt and cheese or fortified soy beverages: Include 3 cups
    per day for calcium, vitamin D, protein and potassium. Lactose-free milk is also an option.
  • Vegetable oils such as canola, corn, olive, peanut and soybean: These are high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Use in moderate amounts in place of solid fats.
  • Seafood – Include a variety of seafood more often in place of some meat and poultry.

Source www.eatright.org

This March, show your support of National Nutrition Month and consider hiring a professional caregiver for your loved one. By doing so, you will ensure that your loved ones are receiving the best possible care that caters to their special needs. All caregivers provide customized care for each patient to see that they receive the best care possible. Healthy eating is important for all people, and proper nutrition becomes even more important as we age. For information about how Affordable Home Care can help you with elder care in Charlotte NC and the surrounding area, call 800-721-0522.