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Kaylor: March is National nutrition month

By Staff | Mar 11, 2014

If you have a chronic condition, a carefully planned diet can help you manage symptoms and improve health. March is National Nutrition Month, and The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) (www.eatright.org/Public/) encourages people to develop a healthful eating plan centered on personal health concerns and “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.” Below are some tips from the Academy on eating healthy and being physically active while keeping personal health concerns in mind.

Tips for Eating Right, Your Way, Every Day:

Hypertension and heart disease. Eating heart-healthy foods can help lower high blood pressure, which reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. Even if you don’t have high blood pressure, eating a heart-healthy diet reduces your chances of future heart disease. It’s important to balance calories with physical activity. Increase the variety of nutrient-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free and low-fat dairy. Consume foods lower in sodium, saturated fats, trans-fats, cholesterol, added sugars, and refined grains.

Diabetes. Managing diabetes can be challenging and understanding how foods and nutrition affect the body is important. Choose foods to support a healthy weight and heart, including whole grains, vegetables and fruits, beans, lean meat, fish and poultry, low-fat or fat-free dairy, and healthy fats. Carbohydrates affect blood sugar more than protein or fat so keeping track of carbohydrates consumed is an important part of monitoring and keeping blood sugar levels in good control.

Maintaining a healthy weight. For those struggling with maintaining a healthy weight, establish a balance between calories consumed and calories burned through physical activity. Include foods like fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains, which offer vitamins and minerals without excess calories and keep you feeling full longer. Watch your portion sizes to help manage calorie intake and cut back on empty calories from added sugars and refined grains.

As part of this public education campaign, the Academy’s website, www.eatright.org/Public/, includes helpful tips, promotional tools, and nutrition education resources, to spread the message of good nutrition around the “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” theme.

– Submitted by

Carolee Kaylor,

Story by Lisa

Franzer Castle

Vegetable pizza squares

2 (10 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent roll dough

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

2/3 cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon dried dill weed

1 teaspoon minced onion

teaspoon minced garlic

cup chopped cauliflower

cup chopped broccoli

cup chopped green bell peppers

1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Unroll crescent roll dough on a small baking sheet. Arrange into a single layer to serve as a crust. Bake in the preheated oven 10 minutes, or until puffed and lightly browned. In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, mayonnaise, dill weed, onion and garlic. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the crescent roll dough crust. Layer with cauliflower, broccoli and green peppers. Top with Cheddar cheese. Chill in the refrigerator until serving.

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