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We’ve all heard the phrase “K.I.S.S.” or “keep it simple stupid”. We challenge you to make simple, healthy choices. You might choose to increase your fruit and vegetable intake by a serving or two. Or you might choose to drink more water instead of soda. Whatever you decide to focus on, the best way to make lasting healthy changes is to do it in small simple ways. These recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans can help you brainstorm your own simple challenges:

  • Emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free dairy products.
  • Include sources of lean proteins like poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts.
  • Reduce intake of added sugars, salt (sodium), saturated and trans fats.
  • Drink water rather than sugar sweetened beverages.

In March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates National Nutrition Month. The campaign for 2019 is aimed at increasing the public’s awareness of the importance of good nutrition. Registered dietitian nutritionists (or RDNs) are the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically-based food and nutrition information. RDNs at the RAHS Health Centers are available to talk students about healthy eating habits.

Emily Bair, MS, MPH, Dietetic Intern