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appleMarch is National Nutrition Month!  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sponsors this campaign each year, encouraging people to make informed food choices and get daily physical activity. This year, the theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle.”

Small, bite sized changes are all it takes to start moving toward a healthier way of living! Making simple swaps for healthier food and incorporating more physical activity into your daily routine are ways your whole family can take steps to better health this month.

Try one of these simple swaps to bite into a healthier lifestyle:

100% whole wheat bread and pastas instead of white: Look for “whole wheat” as the first ingredient. These whole grains will give you more nutrients and fiber with each serving!

Plain, non-fat yogurt instead of flavored yogurt: Try adding your own fruit and/or cereal to plain, non-fat yogurt for a healthy snack or breakfast that is lower in added sugars.

Water instead of sugar sweetened beverages: Cut down on sugar, calories, and extra expense by sticking with water.

Homemade pizza instead of eating out: Homemade food is almost always lower in fat and salt than food you buy out. Use whole wheat pizza dough and top with low-fat cheese and lots of vegetables to make homemade pizza fun and healthy.

Along with eating nutritious foods, being active is key to a healthy lifestyle.  Here are a few ideas you and your family can use to increase your daily physical activity:

  • Do sit-ups, push-ups, stretches, or walk in place during TV commercial breaks.
  • Push your baby in the stroller an extra ten minutes each day.
  • Get off the subway or bus one stop early and walk the rest of the way.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever you can.
  • Involve the kids in work around the house, such as sweeping, dusting and shoveling snow.

When moving toward a healthier lifestyle, remember to keep it bite sized…start small and continue to build on the changes you are making! Are YOU ready to make some changes?  Let us know!

By Kaytlin Fischer, Simmons College Dietetic Intern

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