The past couple blogs focused on nation-wide events taking place during the month of October! Both National Health Education Week and International Walk to School Day are awesome events to keep your community active and engaged. As the days get a bit colder, it is important to remain not only active but continue to eat healthy. Surprisingly, Active.com indicated that we eat about 200 more calories per day during the fall months.
Do not worry, this does not mean we have to give up our favorite fall foods! Encouragingly, fall foods such as soups, stews, sweet potatoes, apples and pumpkins and all greens are packed with fiber, protein, beta carotene and vitamin C! So first start the day with a healthy breakfast. According to Active’s 7 Ways to Stay Healthy This Fall, studies have indicated by eating breakfast in the morning can lower your calorie intake during the day and kick-start your metabolism. An example of a healthy meal can consist of oatmeal with blueberries or a banana. Oatmeal is a “whole” grain, and contains protein, soluble fiber, potassium, calcium and zinc, all great health benefits!
Another idea is to prepare your own lunch, as well as plan ahead for dinners during the week. You will feel less rushed after work and avoid the fast food line. Controlling your own meals will allow for conscious health choices. Locate a local farmer’s market to find healthy and fresh produce. Purchasing from local farmers not only means fresh products, but it also supports your community’s economy. Another benefit is that North Carolina has a long growing season, so it is possible to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables throughout most of the year. Make sure to take advantage! Not sure what is in season? Refer back to our Local Produce page to access information regarding your community’s produce and view What’s in Season? for fruit and vegetable availability.
Another important component for healthy eating is portion control. The Portion Plate is used by half a million dietitians, educators, and consumers to reinforce balanced eating and a healthy diet. When you are preparing meals, try to make half of the serving’s fruits and vegetables, serve more whole grains and do not oversize portions.
Combining all these tips and sharing it with your department and community will encourage people to live a more healthy and balanced lifestyle! Remember, continue to use social media outlets, such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, to share healthy recipes and ideas. There are plenty of options to enjoy your favorite foods while being health conscious. For more ideas you can refer to our Healthy Cooking and Nutrition Programs page.
If you have any healthy eating tips, recipes or ideas, then email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)