DHD No. 10 reminds others to eat healthy for National Nutrition Month

MANISTEE COUNTY — Whether it’s starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, the proper diet can make a real difference.

The Michigan District Health Department No. 10 (DHD No. 10) is reminding others to prepare meals to go further with health. DHD No. 10 states that planning meals and snacks in advance can also help to reduce food loss and waste.

March is National Nutrition Month, and this year’s theme for DHD No. 10 is “Go Further with Food,” which encourages everyone to achieve the many benefits of healthy eating habits and to find ways to cut back on food waste.

Learning how to manage food resources at home will help others to “Go Further with Food,” while saving nutrients and money.

DHD No. 10 official say that people should include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis; consider foods on hand before buying more; buy only the amount that can be eaten on frozen within a few days; plan ways to use leftovers; be mindful of portion sizes; and use good food safety practices.

In addition, DHD No. 10 reminds others to find activities that they enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.

For more information about the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and to find the “National Nutrition Month Celebration Toolkit,” visit www.eatright.org for tip sheets and handouts, videos, games and other promotional tools in English and Spanish.

DHD No. 10 also provides WIC, which is a nutritional food program that helps participants eat well and stay healthy. While it is named for women, infants and children, others such as adoptive parents, fathers, grandparents, other family members, foster parents and some non-traditional custodial situations may also be eligible to receive WIC benefits for infants in their care.

Those who qualify receive a WIC Bridge Card used for purchasing healthy foods such as milk, 100 percent juice, eggs, cheese, cereal, peanut butter, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads or tortillas, dry or canned beans, baby foods, infant formulas and soy milk. Breastfeeding mothers can also purchase canned tuna or salmon.

In addition to providing food, WIC offers tips and advice to help feed families in a healthy way. Check out the DHD No.10 website to see if you’re eligible.

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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