Elizabeth S. Reames | 4/22/2005 8:01:25 PM
Nutrition and physical activity are key components of good health, according to LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames. During March, National Nutrition Month, Reames urges everyone to "Get a Taste for Nutrition," this year’s theme by the American Dietetic Association.
The nutritionist offers several tips to get you started and keep you going:
• Be adventurous and expand your horizons. Variety is a key to good nutrition and health. Healthy foods can have flavor, texture and color. Explore the wide world of nutrition by trying different kinds of foods.
• Treat your taste buds. You decide how much and how often. Choose foods sensibly by looking at the big picture; it’s what you eat over several days, not just one meal or day that counts. So enjoy all your favorite foods, just try eating them in moderate amounts.
• Maintain a healthy weight. Managing your weight plays a vital role in achieving and maintaining good health and quality of life. Carrying excess weight may put you at greater risk for health problems. The good news is that healthy eating and regular physical activity make it easier to achieve lifelong weight management and long-term health!
• Balance food choices with your lifestyle. Choosing the right combination of foods helps you get the right blend of nutrients. So balance your food choices with your physical activities to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.
Reames stresses being active as well. She says to be creative and enjoy a variety of ways to stay active to feel your best.
"There’s no need for expensive equipment or complicated fitness programs," Reames says, adding, "Start by making a list of physical activities that fit into your lifestyle and schedule one every day."
For additional information about healthy lifestyles, contact an extension agent in your parish LSU AgCenter office. For information on related nutrition, family and consumer topics, visit the FCS Web site at www.lsuagcenter.com/Inst/
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture