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Nutrition: It’s a Matter of Fact

March 12, 2008

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Q: I teach Foods and Nutrition at a junior high and was wondering if you've heard what the theme is for National Nutrition Month this year?

A: Designated by the American Dietetic Association (ADA), the theme for National Nutrition Month for March of 2008 is "Nutrition: It's a Matter of Fact." The focus of this campaign is to make informed food choices, develop sound eating habits and increase physical activity.

The experts at ADA have identified the following Top 10 Nutrition Facts:

1. Eating right doesn't have to be complicated. Use Mypyramid.gov to develop a personalized plan for lifelong health.

2. The best nutrition advice is based on science. Before adopting any changes to your diet, be sure the information is based in scientific fact.

3. Get your food and nutrition facts from an expert (i.e., a registered dietitian). RDs are uniquely qualified to translate the science of nutrition into reliable advice you can use every day.

4. Balancing physical activity and a healthful diet is your best recipe for managing weight and promoting overall health and fitness.

5. Think nutrient-rich rather than "good" or "bad" foods. The majority of your food choices should be packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients - and lower in calories.

6. Look at the big picture: No single food or meal makes or breaks a healthful diet. Your total diet is the most important focus for healthful eating.

7. Prepare, handle and store food properly to keep you and your family safe from food-borne illness.

8. Don't fall prey to food myths and misinformation that may harm rather than benefit your health.

9. Read food labels to get nutrition facts that help you make smart food choices quickly and easily.

10. Find the healthy fats when making food choices. By choosing polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fats, you can keep your saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol low.

Q: Is it too late to register a team for Walk Kansas?

A: No, it's not. The deadline to register for Walk Kansas is this 1 p.m. Friday. To register, go online to www.douglas.ksu.edu and click on the Walk Kansas CaptainÂ's Packet. All of the information for captains and participants can be printed off. Please bring the completed registration forms and fees into the K-State Research & Extension -Douglas County Office, 2110 Harper Street in Lawrence, located on the fairgrounds. Walk Kansas actually started last Sunday, March 9 through May 3 so begin keeping track of your miles and fruit/vegetable consumption now. Questions? Contact me at 843-7058.

- Susan Krumm is an Extension agent in family and consumer sciences with K-State Research and Extension-Douglas County, 2110 Harper St. She can be reached at 843-7058.

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