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Celebrating National Nutrition Month

Celebrating National Nutrition Month

No matter who you are, nutrition matters. Nutrition habits play a vital role in how you look, feel and interact in your day-to-day life. They impact your mood, emotions and even lifestyle choices. For instance, if you consistently eat unhealthy food, you might find yourself lacking energy, which can result in not wanting to exercise, which lends itself to weight gain, and so on and so forth. Needless to say, nutrition has a significant influence on our lives. 

This is why the month of March has been designated as National Nutrition Month! Created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Nutrition Month is an annual nutrition education and information campaign celebrated each year. It focuses attention on the importance of making informed food decisions, thus developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Nutrition impacts every area of our lives, including our ability to live altruistically for others. So let’s dive into how you can celebrate National Nutrition Month.

Research recipes.
Healthy eating can be a daunting task. Where do you even start? One simple step to begin your journey towards better nutrition is researching recipes. Look online, check with friends or family members or even talk with nutritionists at local grocery stories to see what recipes they might have on hand. If necessary, research the ingredients themselves to see their nutritional value. This might seem overwhelming, but the best thing to do is get yourself out there and start compiling a strong number of healthy recipes you can rely on.

Read labels.
As you evaluate recipes and ingredients, learn how to critically read labels. Food labels can be incredibly suspicious. Between the strange proportions and the unknown ingredients, you might be tempted to simply skip the label altogether and buy what looks best. But, many things which look healthy, actually aren’t, and vice versa! As you research recipes, learn more about how to correctly read a food label. Then, once you begin grocery shopping, you won’t feel so overwhelmed as you expand your nutrition plan. 

Make a plan.
Speaking of plan, make one. As the old homage goes, “If you fail to plan, plan to fail.” Nutrition is the exact same. Without a plan, you can quickly fall back into old habits and whatever available food happens to be on hand (healthy or not). Instead, plan out your meals at the beginning of the week, shop for ingredients and then write the meals on the calendar. Not only will you eat healthier overall, but you will also save money, waste less food and experience less stress during the typical dinner-time rush.

Keep healthy snacks.
As you plan, consider keeping healthy snacks present throughout your day. For instance, keep a bag of nuts in your purse for an energy pick-me-up in the afternoon. Or, have an apple at your desk in case you get hungry toward the end of the day. You are at your weakest when you start to crave snacks during lulls throughout the day, so make sure you’re prepared beforehand. Otherwise, you might just grab the closest thing possible. Have healthy options available so you can stay on track with your nutrition plan.

Eat early-on.
Most Americans tend to eat a minimal breakfast, small lunch and then a large dinner. However, eating late into the evening can actually have adverse effects on your nutrition because the energy is wasted on your sleep, rather than when you need it throughout the day. Instead, flip this pattern on its head by eating a large breakfast, then eating smaller meals during the day. If you don’t have time for breakfast, then a big mid-day lunch is the a better alternative to an enormous dinner.

National Nutrition Month is this month, and it’s the perfect opportunity for you to get involved. Live a fuller, more well-rounded life by learning about nutrition and seeing how you can apply it throughout your day-to-day activities. You’ll be surprised how much better you feel physically, mentally and even socially.

Our Impact in 2018

January 1-December 31
  • CAPSA is a non-profit domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape recovery center serving Cache County and the Bear Lake area.

  • YCC Family Crisis Center is a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center provide services 24/7 to victims and their children.

  • Utah Legal Services (ULS) is a nonprofit law office incorporated in 1976 committed to making equal justice a reality by providing free legal help in non-criminal cases to low-income Utahns.

  • South Valley Services is a domestic violence service provider in West Jordan, Utah. We provide safe shelter and supportive services to women, men and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

  • Today, the YWCA is Utah’s most comprehensive provider of family violence services; our programs include walk-in services and a crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, children’s programs, and a vast array of supportive services.

  • Established in 1990, Seekhaven assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives. Serving Grand County and Southeastern Utah, Seekhaven provides a wide range of essential services including client advocacy, emergency shelter, and transition assistance.

  • Peace House is dedicated to ending family violence and abuse through education, outreach, support services, and safe housing.

  • New Hope Crisis Center has been serving Box Elder County for 30 years. Our mission is to provide all-inclusive, integrated, victim-centered services to stabilize and support individuals, families, and our community.

  • Founded in 1984, The Center for Women and Children in Crisis has been in continuous operation for 33 years. Our mission is to provide a caring, advocating, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Our organization advocates for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the homeless. Serving people in Sevier, Piute, Millard, Sanpete and Wayne counties of Utah.

  • The DOVE Center is the only area agency providing safe-shelter, crisis intervention, and prevention for clients who have been victimized by violence in their home – whether by a family member or cohabitant – that also serves victims of rape and sexual assault.

  • Founded in 1922, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit organization that promotes safety, stability and self-sufficiency for low income families and individuals, as well as victims of domestic violence, through effective, efficient legal advocacy and assistance.

  • Canyon Creek Services provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iron, Beaver and Garfield Counties.

  • Valley Behavioral Health is a nonprofit network of clinics providing treatment for behavioral conditions, addictions, psychiatric conditions, autism and other chronic health conditions. We treat chronic lifelong conditions as well as temporary conditions triggered by traumatic life events. Our programs are tailored to people of all ages and every social, cultural and economic situation.

  • Preserve the heritage. Enhance the wellbeing. Strengthen the future of the People.

  • Our Mission: To help families of homicide victims receive hope, justice, and healing.

  • At Amethyst Center for Healing we are dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities recover from trauma and abuse, so that we may all live peaceful, empowered lives.

  • Safe Harbor, a non-profit organization, provides shelter, supportive services and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as education, awareness and resources to our community.

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