March is National Nutrition Month. This campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Caring for a senior requires a sharp mind, a strong body, and lots of energy, all fueled by proper nutrition. Take some time to get your plate in shape with the following tips:Fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables. Eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially dark green, red, and orange ones that contain essential nutrients.Make half of your grains whole.Whole grains contain essential vitamins and minerals often missing from processed grains. Look for " 100% whole grain" on package labels.Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk.Low-fat and skim milk have the same amounts of calcium and nutrients as whole milk with less fat and fewer calories.Vary your protein. Seafood, lean meat, poultry, fish, and eggs all contain different proteins, so variety is essential. Limit protein servings to three ounces. Additional Tips:• Create an eating style. One that includes a variety of your favorite, healthful foods.• Practice cooking more often. This can either be done at home or as an activity with your clients. Try experimenting with healthier recipes and ingredients.• Have portion awareness. How much we eat is as important as what we eat. Make sure you are eating and drinking the right amounts for you.• Be physically active. Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.Making small shifts in our food choices can add up over time. For more nutrition tips and resources, visit www.choosemyplate.gov.
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