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National Nutrition Month

Posted: 03-09-2012 | Categories: Parents & Students

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics puts on an annual educational and informational campaign every March.  Every year about this time, The Academy dishes out loads of information on beneficial health tips, nutrition guides, healthy recipes, and the latest studies on the human body and our health.  When they started the tradition in 1973, the event was only a week long, but it was extended to a month as the country became more interested in nutrition and living healthy lifestyles.  You can visit for more information, but if you don’t have time to surf their website, here’s a snapshot of what you’ll find.  We’ve listed some of our favorite finds from the various sections on the site!  Happy National Nutrition Month!

Books for Athletes
1. The Athlete’s Guide to Making Weight by Michele A. Macedonio, MS, RD and Marie Dunford, PhD, RD
2. Nancy Clark’s Food Guide for New Runners by Nancy Clark, MS, RD
3. 100 Questions and Answers About Sports Nutrition and Exercise by Lilah Al-Marsi, MS, RD and Simon Bartlett, PhD
4. Energy to Burn: The Ultimate Food and Nutrition Guide to Fuel Your Active Life by Julie Upton, MS, RD and Jenna Bell-Wilson, PhD, RD, CSSD

Understanding the Nutrition Facts Panel
1. Check out the serving size
2. Check out the total calories and fat
3. Limit fat, cholesterol, and sodium
4. Get enough vitamins, minerals, and fiber
5. Check out the additional nutrients
6. Look at the ingredient list

Protecting Your Heart
Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in America?  Well, unfortunately it is, but there is something you can do to lower your risks!
1. Make sure your foods are low in saturated and trans fat
2. Eat foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids and are also high in fiber
3. Stay away from foods that are high in salt and sugar

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