Wednesday, March 6, 2013
March is National Nutrition Month! 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of this campaign, hosted by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. The theme for 2013 is, “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day!” National Nutrition Month urges people to understand that food choices are based on their health concerns, their food preferences, their lifestyle, their culture and their traditions. The campaign is spreading the message to choose healthy food choices, personalized specifically to you.
We are all unique people, so why should our diets not be unique to us? This is the message the National Nutrition Month campaign is trying to spread. Eat healthy foods that you enjoy because this will make eating fun! You should not be forced to eat food that you do not like! Every person and every family has a different lifestyle. Eat foods that will help you through your daily activities and fit in perfectly with your life. Foods from your culture bring a whole new flair to eating! Ethnic food will bring excitement back to the table! Your culture will add different flavors and recipes to your diet. Remember, moderation is key, as is keeping in mind your dietary restrictions, if you have any. Just because you have a health issue or concern, may not mean that you have to cut out the foods that you truly love to eat.
USDA’s Choose My Plate urges people to, “focus on fruits, vary your veggies, make at least half of your grains whole grain, go with lean protein, and get your calcium-rich foods”. Also, make half of your plate fruits and vegetables, choose (1%) or low fat milk, and add some seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids.
Keep in mind these ten tips from the My Plate Nutrition Education Series:
1) Balance Calories
2) Enjoy your food, but eat less
3) Avoid oversized portions
4) Eat vegetables, fruits, whole grains and low fat dairy products more often
5) Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
6) Switch to fat free or (1%) milk
7) Make half your grains, whole grain
8) Eat less foods high in solid fats, added sugars and salt
9) Compare the sodium in food
10) Drink water instead of sugary drinks
Have a happy, healthy and nutritious March!
Monday, March 4, 2013
Remember the days when you would cry at the mention of bed time? All the fighting for only an extra hour of TV time. As a college student, sleep seems to become more of a reward; one that you could not be happier to achieve! When your work is done for the day you can finally relax and dream away all of your stress. More and more sleep is being lost today though, especially in the lives of college students. Not getting enough sleep can harm your physical health, mental health, and overall quality of life. Harvard Women’s Health Watch reported that most adults are getting less than 6 hours of sleep each night and 75% of people are experiencing sleep difficulties on a weekly basis. Not getting enough sleep can affect your mood, ability to concentrate, and your energy levels. This can lead to many negative outcomes on your school work, job responsibilities, and even your relationships. Decreased sleep can also have effects on your immune system, making you more susceptible to illnesses and increasing the chance of depression or anxiety.
The Harvard Women’s Health Watch revealed their top six reasons for getting enough sleep and highlighted its importance. First on the list mentioned the effect sleep has on learning and memory. Did you know that while you sleep your brain is forming newly learned information into memory? After a long day of class and studying, a goodnight of sleep is exactly what your body needs! Getting enough sleep will also increase your mood, help your concentration, and increase your patience levels. Most adults function best with 8 hours of sleep, so try to strive for getting those couple extra hours into your nightly routine! Click here to find some great tips for improving your sleep!
Friday, March 1, 2013
With spring break on the horizon there has been a lot of talk on campus about the various vacations and adventures people will be embarking on. Don’t have a wild adventure planned yet? Don’t worry, there is plenty of time left this semester for a mini-trip and Outdoor Adventures has you covered. Outdoor Adventures offers day and overnight trips throughout the year. Some of the trips still to come this semester include an overnight canoe trip at Squam Lake, a day trip bouldering at Lincoln Woods and a day of Rock Climbing in Rumney!
If you’re worried you can’t go on a trip because you have little or no experience with the outdoors, you don’t have to be! Outdoor Adventures explains on their website that trips are open to people of all levels and that if you don’t know how to do something, they will teach you! With Outdoor Adventures you don’t even have to worry about equipment… the cost of rentals is included in the price of the trip. The trips range in cost based on length, travel and equipment needs. Most of the trips coming up this semester (excluding the lengthier spring break adventures) range in cost from $20 - $35. Not a bad price to pay for a day or two of adventure in beautiful New England!
To see a list of upcoming trips and learn how to register, click here. If you prefer to create your own trip, Outdoor Adventures also rents out equipment for individual use. All you have to do visit the Hamel Recreation Center equipment room to fill out paperwork and pay the rental fee. To learn more about the process and see the availability and rates of equipment click here. Do a little research, pick a trip and have some fun with Outdoor Adventures!
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