OHIO ACTION FOR HEATLHY KIDS JOINS FIRST LADY, MRS. KASICH
DURING NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH®
This year’s Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) National Nutrition Month theme is “Get Your Plate in Shape” and encourages consumers to remember to include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy on their plates every day.
“Using our plates as a guide is a simple way to ensure our meals are healthy and balanced”, says Mrs. Kasich. To get the nutrients you need, divide your plate into four sections for fruit, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains. And on the side add low-fat dairy like milk and yogurt.
Mrs. Kasich recommends cooking at home and eating as a family as much as possible, where it’s easier to make healthy choices and benefit from time spent at the table with loved ones. "When we take the time to eat together at home, we often eat better, too. Sharing a meal at home is a great way to introduce new foods and reinforce healthy habits, as well as stay close as a family.”
Exercise is also crucial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. "Choose activities you enjoy like going for a walk with your family, dancing or playing with your children,” Mrs. Kasich continued. “We are all so scheduled most of our lives, it’s great to make moving fun at home. If 30 minutes at once is too much, take 10 minutes three times a day if you can. Just keep moving. Every bit adds up and health benefits increase the more active you are."
Ohio Action for Healthy Kids addresses childhood undernourishment and obesity prevention at school to help students learn to eat healthy and be active every day. Schools can positively impact our children’s nutrition and physical activity by providing opportunities to promote healthy eating and active living. Visit www.ohioactionforhealthykids.org for nutrition and physical activity resources and to learn more about how you can be involved. Because Healthy Children, Learn Better.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics National Nutrition Month website includes a variety of helpful tips, fun games, promotional tools and nutrition education resources, all designed to spread the message of good nutrition around the “Get Your Plate in Shape” theme.