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Health, food and wellness from MU Extension Specialist Melissa Bess
March - National Nutrition month
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By Melissa Bess
My name is Melissa Bess. I am a Nutrition and Health Education Specialist with University of Missouri Extension. This health and wellness blog started as a way to help improve MU Extension faculty and staff wellness but has grown to a much larger ...
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MU Extension Health and Wellness
My name is Melissa Bess. I am a Nutrition and Health Education Specialist with University of Missouri Extension. This health and wellness blog started as a way to help improve MU Extension faculty and staff wellness but has grown to a much larger audience. Follow me, share with others, bookmark this page, leave comments, and enjoy.
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March is National Nutrition Month, as promoted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. If you have been thinking about making some small changes to your eating habits to include healthier habits, now is a great time to do just that!

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate graphic from USDA help us understand healthy eating. Here are some tips from the Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate that can help you and your family have healthier eating habits:

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less.
  • Avoid oversized portions.
  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
  • Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals – and choose the foods with lower numbers.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks. 
It may seem overwhelming to make all these changes at once, so just pick one of them. Make that your healthy eating goal and when you meet that goal, you can pick another goal. It will take some work and it will not happen overnight, but one small change can make a big impact on the health of you and your family.

You can find handouts, tip sheets, and fun activity sheets (for kids and adults) on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

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