National Nutrition Month

March 28, 2011

March is National Nutrition Month, which is an annual nutrition education and information campaign that focuses attention on the importance of making healthy choices. The American Dietetic Association has decided to make this year’s theme “Eat Right with Color”. This theme encourages consumers to remember to include a colorful variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy on their plates every day.

The ADA’s Quick Color Guide:

Green produce indicates antioxidant potential and may help promote healthy vision and reduce cancer risks.

Fruits: avocado, apples, grapes, honeydew, kiwi and lime

Vegetables: artichoke, asparagus, broccoli, green beans, green peppers and leafy greens such as spinach

Orange and deep yellow fruits and vegetables contain nutrients that promote healthy vision and immunity, and reduce the risk of some cancers.

Fruits: apricot, cantaloupe, grapefruit, mango, papaya, peach and pineapple

Vegetables: carrots, yellow pepper, yellow corn and sweet potatoes

Purple and blue options may have antioxidant and anti-aging benefits and may help with memory, urinary tract health and reduced cancer risks.

Fruits: blackberries, blueberries, plums, raisins

Vegetables: eggplant, purple cabbage, purple-fleshed potato

Red indicates produce that may help maintain a healthy heart, vision, immunity and may reduce cancer risks.

Fruits: cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, red/pink grape fruit, red grapes and watermelon

Vegetables: beets, red onions, red peppers, red potatoes, rhubarb and tomatoes

White, tan and brown foods sometimes contain nutrients that may promote heart health and reduce cancer risks.

Fruits: banana, brown pear, dates and white peaches

Vegetables: cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, turnips, white-fleshed potato and white corn

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Angels Among Us: Everyday Heroes Nurse Practitioners

March 21, 2011

March 21-27 is the national Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Week. The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners has designated this week in honor of nearly 11,000 practitioners dedicated to improving children’s health.

The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners is dedicated to improving the quality of health care for infants, children and adolescents and to advancing the pediatric nurse practitioner’s role in providing that care.

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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March 14, 2011

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the rectum or colon. It’s the second leading cause of cancer-related death for both men and women. People over the age of 50 are at the highest risk for colorectal cancer.

Other risk factors include:

  • Growths (called polyps) inside the colon
  • Family history of colorectal cancer
  • Smoking
  • Health conditions like Crohn’s Disease
  • Being African-American

Everyone over the age of 50 should be screened regularly. You can also reduce your risk for colorectal cancer by becoming active, eating health and quitting smoking.

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School Based Healthy Eating Programs Work!

March 7, 2011

20% of children aged 6-11 are obese and obese children are more likely to become obese as adults. Due to these and other shocking statistics some schools are starting to implement healthy alternatives for school lunches. According to a new research study by The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, children who eat lunch in schools that promote healthy eating are:

  • 2 times more likely to eat fruit for lunch.
  • 1.5 times more likely to eat fruit or vegetables on a daily basis
  • Half as likely to eat sweets for lunch.

The research concluded that there is a significant association between the number of actions that schools have in place to promote healthy eating and dietary choices made by students.