March is National Nutrition Month

March 4, 2008 in Diabetes & Diabetes Prevention, Healthy Eating, Nutrition Topics in the News

March is National Nutrition Month
'National Nutrition Month is the perfect time to make a personal commitment to eat well and be active. To help you get on track - and stay on track - with healthy eating, the Canadian Diabetes Association and Dietitians of Canada have come up with the Top 10 Tips for what you need to know about food and nutrition.   

For those who want to prevent chronic disease, such as type 2 diabetes, here are some key points from the Top 10 list:

- Use moderation in serving sizes. Check Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating for the correct portion sizes to help keep your body healthy. Oversize portions add extra calories, which contributes to weight gain. 

- Eat colourful meals. Dark green and deep orange vegetables - like broccoli, spinach, squash and carrots - contain antioxidants that help fight disease. Most vegetables (eaten without sauce) are low in calories, high in fiber, and so may help maintain a healthy weight.

- Be a smart shopper. Read the Nutrition Facts table on food labels. All packaged food in Canada must now contain a Nutrition Facts table which gives you important information about serving size and 13 nutrients. For more information on reading labels, see

Dietitians of Canada represents and supports almost 6000 dietitians across Canada and has led the National Nutrition Month® Campaign for over 27 years.

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