Tallahassee, FL - The Leon County Health Department is celebrating March as National Nutrition Month, with Registered Dietitian Day on March 9th. National Nutrition Month is sponsored each year by the American Dietetic Association to encourage people to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme is to “Eat Right With Color.”
National Nutrition Month’s theme encourages consumers to remember to include a colorful variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and dairy on their plates every day.
Eating a colorful variety everyday will give your health a boost. So brighten up your plate in every season by using the quick color guide below.
Green produce indicates antioxidant potential and may help promote healthy vision and reduce cancer risks.
Fruits: Avocados, apples, grapes, honeydews, kiwis and limes.
Vegetables: Artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, green beans, green peppers and leafy greens such as spinach.
Orange and Deep Yellow fruits and vegetables contain nutrients that promote healthy vision and immunity, and reduce the risk of some cancers.
Fruits: Apricots, cantaloupes, grapefruits, mangos, papayas, peaches and pineapples.
Vegetables: Carrots, yellow pepper, yellow corn and sweet potatoes.
Purple and Blue produce may have antioxidant and anti-aging benefits and may help with memory and urinary tract health.
Fruits: Blackberries, blueberries, plums and raisins.
Vegetables: Eggplants, purple cabbage and purple-fleshed potatoes,
Red indicates produce that may help maintain a healthy heart, vision, and immune system, and may reduce cancer risks.
Fruits: Cherries, cranberries, pomegranates, red/pink grapefruits, red grapes and watermelons.
Vegetables: Beets, red onions, red peppers, red potatoes, rhubarbs and tomatoes.
White, Tan and Brown foods sometimes contain nutrients that may promote heart health and reduce cancer risks.
Fruits: Bananas, brown pears, dates and white peaches.
Vegetables: Cauliflowers, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, turnips, white-fleshed potatoes and white corn.
For more information on how to “Eat Right With Color,” call the WIC office (Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program), at the Leon County Health Department, at 850-606-8300, and ask to speak to a nutritionist. You may also visit the American Dietetic Association website at www.eatright.org.