Saying that "the importance of informed food choices and sound eating habits cannot be overemphasized as part of a planned regimen for staying healthy," State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Westchester) today reminded her constituents that March is National Nutrition Month, and is an ideal time to evaluate their nutritional intake and habits.
"Eating right, along with being physically active, may be the two greatest factors in living a long and healthy life," said Senator Hassell-Thompson. "Choosing to take responsibility for what foods we put in our body will go a long way in determining the quality of life we experience. Diseases and conditions such as diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, and other cardiovascular problems, are just a few of the types of adverse health situations that may be avoided through adopting sound nutritional and physical activity regimens."
Senator Hassell-Thompson noted that the American Dietetic Association (ADA)–the nation’s largest organization of food and nutritional professionals–serves the public by promoting optimal nutrition, health and well-being through translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.
"The ADA serves as an excellent resource on what foods to choose to keep us healthy, and they also offer valuable tips on getting proper exercise to help keep our bodies strong and fit," said Senator Hassell-Thompson .
Senator Hassell-Thompson reports that the ADA has compiled a "Top Ten List" of reasons why consulting a registered dietician may benefit an individual’s health. Some of those reasons include:
You have diabetes, cardiovascular problems or high blood pressure
You have digestive problems
You’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant
You need to gain or lose weight
You want to eat smarter
"In addition to containing a wealth of information on good nutrition, the ADA website also includes a Nutrition Quiz to help you eat better. I urge everyone to visit www.eatright.org to help further their knowledge on proper nutrition, and to help improve their overall health," Senator Hassell-Thompson said. "We can all feel better today, and avoid costly medical bills tomorrow, by adopting good eating habits!"