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National Nutrition Month: A Month in Food

 
 

March is about a lot of things. It’s American Red Cross Month; it’s Music in Our Schools Month; it’s National Women’s History Month.

It’s also a time to be thinking about the foods we put in our bodies: National Noodle Month, National Peanut Month, National Sauce Month — and, most importantly, National Nutrition Month. Yes, March truly is a month in food.

The My Plate logo.

Forget the food pyramid — follow My Plate, the USDA’s new nutrition guidelines.

Now more than ever, nutrition should be front and center in our minds. The Centers for Disease Control reports that 35.7% of U.S. adults are obese, and according to the American Diabetes Association, there are currently 25.8 million people in the U.S. living with diabetes. Approximately 11.3% of adults have diabetes, with even higher incidence among African Americans (12.6%) and Hispanics (11.8%). Obesity has also been linked to heart disease and increased risk of stroke.

Not surprisingly, the financial costs of these diseases are through the roof. Medical costs associated with obesity exceed $100 billion each year, meaning that someone who is obese pays, on average, $1400 more each year than a person of healthy weight. Fortunately, adjustments in diet can make a measurable difference in the prevalence of chronic disease. Yes, good nutrition can save thousands of dollars and add years to an individual’s life.

Whether you are a nursing student, a parent, or just someone looking to stay healthy, check out the following resources to learn more about nutrition:

Public Web Resources

Open Access (Free) Online Journals

Books from Trinity

Journals and Databases

Live Health Events

This month there are two live events you can attend to learn more about fitness, health, and nutrition:

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