National Nutrition Month: Tips, Videos, More

March is National Nutrition Month and The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides a wide range of useful tips, videos, and more.

We’ve reported often about the role a well-run workplace wellness program can play in helping employees manage nutrition and eat right (for example here, here, and here).

One challenge for employees: Eating on the run. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides “Healthy Eating on the Run: A Month of Tips.”

They write: “You probably eat out a lot — most Americans do. People are looking for fast, easy and good-tasting foods to fit a busy lifestyle. Whether it’s carry-out, food court, office cafeteria or sit-down restaurant, there are smart choices everywhere.”

Among the 30 tips, highlights include:

  • “Think ahead and plan where you will eat. Consider what meal options are available. Look for restaurants or carry-out with a wide range of menu items.”
  • “Think about your food choices for the entire day. If you’re planning a special restaurant meal in the evening, have a light breakfast and lunch.”
  • “At the sandwich shop, choose lean beef, ham, turkey or chicken on whole grain bread. Ask for mustard, ketchup, salsa or lowfat spreads. And, don’t forget the veggies.”
  • “Eat your lower-calorie food rst. Soup or salad is a good choice. Follow up with a light main course.”
  • “Always eating on the go? Tuck portable, nonperishable foods in your purse, tote, briefcase or backpack for an on-the-run meal. Some suggestions are peanut butter and crackers, granola bars, a piece of fresh fruit, trail mix, single serve packages of whole grain cereal or crackers.”
  • “For desk-top dining, keep single-serve packages of crackers, fruit, peanut butter, soup, or tuna in your desk for a quick lunch.”

The Academy also offers this useful video that explains how to “Eat Right for Your Lifestyle.” Click on the image below to watch the video:

Healthy Eating Workplace Wellness