2006-03-17 / Community

March Is National Nutrition Month

State Senator Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) today reminded his constituents that March is National Nutrition Month, and is an ideal time to evaluate their nutritional intake and habits. "The importance of informed food choices and sound eating habits cannot be overemphasized as part of planned regimen for staying healthy," said Senator Smith.

Senator Smith noted that the American Dietetic Association (ADA)- the nation's largest organization of food and nutritional professional- serves the public by promoting optimal nutrition, health and well-being through translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.

"The ADA serves as an excellent Resource on what foods to choose to keep us healthy, and they also offer valuable tips on getting proper exercise to help keep our bodies strong and fit," said Senator Smith.

According to Senator Smith the ADA has compiled a "Top Ten List" of reasons why consulting a registered dietician may benefit an individual's health. Some of those reasons include:

+ You have diabetes, cardiovascular problems or high blood pressure.

+ You have digestive problems.

+ You're pregnant or trying to get pregnant.

+ You need to gain or lose weight.

+ You want to eat smarter.

"Eating right, along with being physically active, may be the two greatest factors in living along and healthy life," said Senator Smith. "Choosing to take responsibility for what foods we put in our body will go a long way in also determining the quality of life we experience. Diseases and conditions such as diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, and other cardiovascular problems, are just a few of the types of adverse health situations that may be avoided through adopting sound nutritional and physical activity regimens."

For additional information on obtaining a healthy living visit the ADA website at www.eatright.org and take a Nutrition Quiz to help you eat better. "We can all feel better today, and avoid costly medical bills tomorrow, by adopting good eating habits!"

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