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March is National Nutrition Month

Posted March 05, 2010 12:00 AM by Jaxy

Since the 1970s, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) has been highlighting the benefits of a healthy diet by forming National Nutrition Month. The theme for this year is "Nutrition from the Ground Up," which focuses on the significance of making educated food choices and creating healthy eating and physical activity practices.

Some Ways to Celebrate

There are many ways to celebrate this month, especially when you involve friends, family, and/or coworkers. You could organize a "healthy recipe" contest and award prizes, or sponsor a canned food drive. If alone in your health endeavors, you could attempt "eating the rainbow," which focuses on eating fruits and vegetables from all colors. Also, being aware of how long your downtime is (time you are not active), and trying to get off the couch during breaks are also ways to improve overall health.

The Cynics

Obesity rates have risen in the past decades in spite of the ADA's attempts to help us stay healthy. There are many contributing factors, including the budget difference between the food industry versus health groups, and the high price of consulting with dietitians. There is a huge amount of money that goes into marketing for the food industry. Healthy eating commercials are scarce compared to the numerous fast food and junk food commercials. Most people can't afford to visit a dietician for healthy nutrition guidelines and insurance doesn't cover it until you fall ill.

Also, sometimes sponsorships play a role in what ADA advocates. A dietitian will tell you to cut soda and drink more water to lose weight. However, because the ADA is sponsored by Coca Cola and Pepsi, you get the message about "consuming in moderation."

Do you think that ADA should take a firmer stand in diet-related issues? Are you committed to improving your nutrition this month? What changes will you make to improve your health?

Resources:

http://www.eatright.org/nnm/

http://www.fooducate.com/blog/2010/03/01/march-is-national-nutrition-month-why-doesnt-it-help/

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03/05/2010 12:23 PM

I think health is really up to the individual. Most people know what's good for them and what isn't but it's all up to whether they choose to eat well or not. On the other hand obesity is a very expensive freedom which should be regulated better with the related cost to the health care system. The range of illnesses related to obesity in the US is staggering ranging from Diabetes to heart disease and costs $117 billion dollars a year. Overall I find eating a balanced diet combined with limiting the amount of "pre-made" foods such as boxed and frozen meals as well as limiting eating out are effective when combined with moderate exercise.

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03/05/2010 11:46 PM

I am afraid that the ADA is, like many organizations, more interested in their own existence. Their accepting of funds from companies who have products that may or may not be the best nutrition source is an obvious conflict of interest.

Steps I and my family have taken over the years (not this month) to improve health include elimination of foods (trans fat, HFCS, highly processed foods), the reduction of carbohydrates, and an increase in fresh foods, organic foods, and free range animals.

Jaxy,

Have you read "Good Calories, Bad Calories" by Gary Taubes? He has an excellent chapter regarding obesity.

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03/06/2010 1:33 AM

Sadly I have to agree. Including the FDA! The very Govmt we hope to protect us is influenced by ...

I believe the biggest threat to health and nutrition is Monsanto. And this threat is not just a problem for the US but world wide...

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03/06/2010 1:43 AM

"...biggest threat to health and nutrition is Monsanto".

but look at their web site, it's so nice and professional.

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03/11/2010 9:08 PM

I have not read "Good Calories, Bad Calories" by Gary Taubes. I will have to pick it up and read it sometime!

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03/12/2010 12:56 AM

I found it enlightening, entertaining (a little), informative and frightening....and well documented. I think the list of sources comprise 25% of the book.

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03/06/2010 9:51 PM

who made pure white cane sugar legal?

oh wait.. it was never outlawed!?

Instead 'they' start cramming it down our throats the day we are born and then 'take care of us' when it starts to destroy our bodies.

...oversimplified? yes ... but not much

Sugar is a most dangerous and addictive drug

I could say just as little about enriched white flour which is oh so enjoyable, but void of nutrition.

...just cut back.. way back..

eat real food and enjoy your natural life

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03/06/2010 10:13 PM

Well said.

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