This month we celebrate “SPRING”! It’s a time of anticipation. The coldest days of winter are gone, and robins are seen about the yard. The days are longer, and the snow melts. During this time of change we focus our energy on plans for the future!
As you think about your life, decide to:
Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables. Make at least half of your grains whole. Switch to skim or 1% milk. Vary your protein choices.
- Look out for salt (sodium) in foods you buy. Compare sodium in foods and choose those with a lower number.
- Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
- Make foods that are high in solid fats such as cakes, cookies, ice cream, pizza, cheese, sausages, and hotdogs—occasional choices, not every day foods.
- Limit empty calories – those that have little nutrient value.
Be physically active your way. Pick activities you like and do each for at least 10 minutes at a time. Every bit adds up, and health benefits increase as you spend more time being active.
- Children and adolescents: get 60 minutes or more a day.
- Adults: get 2 hours and 30 minutes or more a week of activity that requires moderate effort, such as brisk walking. (ChooseMyPlate.gov)