March is National Nutrition Month. This month is all about learning to make informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. While there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to living a healthy lifestyle, having a good foundation allows for other healthy habits to follow.
At Hudson Regional Hospital, we are working to build a healthier community, which is why we’re sharing 6 food, nutrition, and health tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to help you stay on track this month.
- Be active. Regular physical activity has many health benefits. Start by doing what exercise you can. Children and teens should get 60+ of physical activity per day, and adults at least two hours and 30 minutes per week. You don’t have to hit the gym – exercising can be as simple as a walk after dinner.
- Get cooking. Preparing foods at home can be healthy, rewarding, and cost-effective.
- Stay hydrated. Choose water over drinks with added sugar, especially if you live an extra active lifestyle, are an older person, or live/work in hot conditions.
- Start family meal time. Plan to eat dinner together as a family at least a few times each week. A routine can help you and your family stick to a healthier meal plan. Get kids involved with meal planning and cooking and take this time to teach them about proper nutrition!
- Explore new foods and flavors. Make nutrition and eating more fun by expanding your range of food choices! When shopping, make a point to try a recipe or a new fruit or vegetable that’s new to you and your family.
- Consult a registered dietitian nutritionist. Whether you want to lose weight, lower your health-risks or manage a chronic disease, consult the experts! Registered dietitian nutritionists can help you by providing sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice.
Hudson Regional Hospital is here to be a resource and partner in your health and wellness. Contact us at (201) 392-3100 or at HudsonRegionalHospital.com for more information.