Dedicate Yourself to Healthy Eating this National Nutrition Month

Who would ever play the games Rate Your Plate or Nutrition Sudoku? Anyone who wants to learn how to eat right, that’s who! Join the Military Health System as we observe National Nutrition Awareness this month.

Nutrition is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists being overweight as one of the risk factors for prediabetes, a condition that affects 86 million American adults. Prediabetes puts people at increased risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.  It has been estimated that without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15-30 percent of people with prediabetes will go on to develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietics celebrates National Nutrition Month each March to teach both adults and kids about food, nutrition and healthy living. The academy offers several tips that can help you on your way to better nutrition:

  • Eat breakfast
  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
  • Watch portion sizes
  • Fix healthy snacks
  • Get to know food labels
  • Follow food safety guidelines

There are several resources to help you on your quest for better nutrition and healthy food choices. Visit the Academy’s website for tip sheets, videos and games, all designed to help you learn more. You can also find information about health and wellness on the TRICARE website.