|Dietitians Top 10 List for a Healthier You… What You Need to Know…
March is National Nutrition Month®. As the organization bringing you National Nutrition Month®, this year, Dietitians of Canada shines the spotlight on food and nutrition and offers their Top 10 List for a Healthier You. It’s what Canadians need to know to take action to eating healthier, being more active and feeling great.
Confused about… what is a healthy weight for you? what is a portion size? how to read the Nutrition Facts panel on packaged food to make the best choice? or, which vegetables and fruits have the most antioxidants? The Dietitians Top 10 List can guide you down the road to good health.
“There’s lots of advice in the market place and in the media about nutrition and health,” says Mary Sue Waisman, registered dietitian and official spokesperson for DC’s National Nutrition Month®. “When it comes to making wise food choices, get your advice from the most trusted source - a registered dietitian,” adds Waisman. “Dietitians across Canada have weighed the evidence and identified 10 key steps to tune up Canadians’ eating habits and reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases, added Ms. Waisman. “Take the Dietitians of Canada challenge for making 10 positive changes to eating and activity habits – at home, at school, at work and at play.”
The goal this year is to help Canadians discover practical solutions to eat well and live well. Dietitians of
Canada’s website offers a number of resources with practical food solutions to help consumers make healthier food choices. At www.dietitians.ca/eatwell, consumers can assess their food choices, based on Canada’s Food Guide, through the interactive tool EATracker. It provides personalized feedback on the total intake of energy and essential nutrients and compares this to what is recommended for age, gender and activity level. Consumers can create a one-day menu with Let’s Make a Meal! and analyze their favourite recipes with the Recipe Analyzer.
Make National Nutrition Month® the time to get on the right track with healthy eating and active living. Start by making the Dietitians of Canada website www.dietitians.ca/eatwell your ‘go to’ place for trusted nutrition information and for fun and healthy eating ideas. Talk to a registered dietitian and together develop a personal plan that meets your needs, preferences and lifestyle. To find a registered dietitian in your area, visit www.dietitians.ca/find or ask for a referral from your physician.
Prairie North Health Region (PNHR) values the benefits of healthy lifestyles and supports environments that promote healthy food choices. For this reason, PNHR passed a healthy food policy: “All functions supported by the health region will offer food choices consistent with Health Canada’s nutrition recommendations, including Canada’s Food Guide.” What can you to do make healthy food choices the easy food choices wherever you live, work and play. What can your organization do to make the messages from Nutrition Month part of your daily life?
For more information on Dietitians of Canada’s Nutrition Month® 2008, see the displays in your local health region facility, speak with your local Registered Dietitian or contact:
Dietitians of Canada Prairie North Health Region
Mary Sue Waisman, MSc, RD Jennifer Miller, RD
Nutrition Month 2008 Resources: