Get Healthy

March is National Nutrition Month, so here are a few tips to help you shift your healthy lifestyle choices into high gear.

| March 6, 2009

Washington, D.C. — March has been designated as National Nutrition Month® by the American Dietetic Association. It comes at a great time, as many people who set New Year’s goals of getting healthy are likely winding down on those resolutions. March is a great time to shift healthy lifestyle choices into high gear in order to unveil a healthier you, this summer, which is just around the corner.

“Having a month where we focus on nutrition is great,” says Enzo Febbraro, the co-owner and executive chef of D’Acqua Ristorante, located in Washington, D.C. “It gives us all a chance to look at what we can do in our everyday lives to make healthier choices with lifelong benefits. Plus, making some changes now will help you get into that swimsuit, this summer.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a healthy lifestyle includes choosing a balanced diet or eating plan. They recommend that, in order to live a healthy lifestyle and stay within a normal weight range, you should:

? Design your diet to emphasize whole grains, fruits, vegetables and milk products that are low-fat or fat-free.

? Focus on lean sources of fish, eggs, poultry, meat, beans and nuts.

? Keep saturated fats, trans fats, added sugars, sodium and cholesterol to a minimum.

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